LG election: Group calls on Gov AbdulRazaq to constitute electoral body, demands for account of 41b LG funds

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Coalition of Civi Society on autonomy of local goverment in Nigeria has called on the Kwara state Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to constitute the State Electoral Commission in preparation for the next local government election expected to come up around November this year.

The Convenner of Coalition of Civil Society on Autonomy of local government in Nigeria Mallam Muss Aliu who made the call at a press briefing organised by a Coalition of Civil Society on Autotomy of local goverment in Nigeria said it was an aberration if local government election not conducted by first of November in the state 

“It is  submitted  that  having  regard  to  the  provisions  of  the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended) and the  Kwara  State  Local  Government  Electoral,  Law we shall  do  the  followings. Where  the  government  refuses  to reinstate the members of the illegally dissolved members of KWASIEC or  constitutes a new one  and  inaugurate  them  on  or  before  the  15th  day  of  November,  2020, this illegality will be challenged in court immediately”

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“It  is  also  clear  from  the  provisions  of  the  law  that  any  person  who  is  a  registered  member  of  a  political  party  cannot  be  member(s)  or  Chairman  of  the  Commission, that the Governor of Kwara State having operated without democratically elected Councils for more than sixteen months, should set in motion immediately the machinery for the conduct of the Local Council election forthwith.

“it  will  be  patently  illegal  for  any  Governor  and  specifically  in  this  case,  the  Governor  of  Kwara  State  to  either  constitute  a  Care-taker  committee  or  Transition  committee  or even run the council by Civil Servants under the headship of the Director, Personnel and Management (DPM) as presently being done in Kwara State.” He said.

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The group also asked Governor AbdulRazaq to account for the local government councils money since he assumes office over a year ago

“It should be noted that at the dawn of the administration of Governor Abdulrahaman Abdulrazak, the elected council he met was dissolved. Since then, he has been running the affairs of the sixteen Local Government Areas using the Civil Servants at the Local Government level. From the month of May 2019 to the month of September 2020 the total sum of N41,251,620,745.68 had accrued to the sixteen Local Government Councils of Kwara State.

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“The government of Governor Abdulrahaman Abdulrazak must account for the sum of Forty One Billion, Two Hundred and Fifty One Million, Six Hundred and Twenty Thousand, Seven Hundred and Forty-Five Naira and sixty eight Kobo (N41,251,620,745.68) representing the allocations of the sixteen Local Government councils of Kwara State for past sixteen months (May, 2019-August, 2020).

Where this is not done, individuals and group like our own, will be justified to go to appropriate court to compel the Governor to account for the money of the sixteen Local Government Councils of the State. That is exactly what we shall do unless the governor discharges the duty of accountability he owes the people immediately.” He said

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