APC chief­tain chides Ayade over care­taker c’ttees

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Eyo Charles, Cal­abar

The gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date of All Pro­gres­sive Congress (APC) in the 2015 gen­eral elec­tions in Cross River State, Mr Odey Ochicha, has cau­tioned Gover­nor Ben Ayade amend­ing the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act to al­low him set up care­taker com­mit­tees for lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas in the state.

Ochicha chal­lenged Ayade to or­gan­ise elec­tions to test his pop­u­lar­ity, say­ing that the op­po­si­tion APC in the state would sweep the polls.

Ochicha said that any move, other than hold­ing elec­tions to elect coun­cil of­fi­cials, would be re­sisted by the APC.

In a state­ment is­sued in Cal­abar, Ochicha main­tained that there was noth­ing like care­taker com­mit­tees for lo­cal govern­ments in the 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion, won­der­ing why Ayade was afraid to face elec­torate.

“The lo­cal gov­ern­ment is a sep­a­rate tier of gov­ern­ment,” the state­ment said, adding: “There­fore, they should not be sub­jected to the ab­so­lute con­trol of state gov­er­nors.”

Ochicha also took a swipe at the state leg­is­la­tors for con­tem­plat­ing to al­ter the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act.

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