All Progressives Congress, APC, in Anambra State has described plans by the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA government in the state to appoint caretaker committees as undemocratic.
Secretary of the party in the state, Mr. Chuma Agupugo, said yesterday in Awka that the party might take legal actions against the planned appointment.
Agupugo’s reaction followed the expiration of the tenure of the elected local government executives in the state, which elapsed on January 12.
According to him, there are no signs that the state electoral commission, ANSIEC, would conduct the polls soon as members have not been properly constituted to function.
“Since September 2015, we have been calling on the APGA-led government to properly constitute ANSIEC for the conduct of local government elections but they have refused
only for us to hear of a planned bill to allow the elected local executives, whose tenure elapsed on Jan 12, to continue as caretaker committee members.
“This is a deliberate move to siphon the state’s funds meant for development at the various council areas. This is anti-democracy and we will take every legal means to ensure that caretaker committee does not come on board again in the state.
“Let there be a properly constituted commission to conduct the local government elections which will help the growth of the state economy, human capacity and infrastructure,” Agupugo said.
Similarly, a pressure group, the Movement for the Conduct of Local Government Elections in Anambra, MCLGEA, has criticised Gov. Willie Obiano over his refusal to conduct the local council polls.
In a separate interview, the National Coordinator of the group, Mr Osita Obi, advised the governor not to tow the path of his predecessors on the issue of the elections.
“In Anambra, the local government system is stunted by the same people we gave the mandate to preside over our affairs as governors.
“When they get to that position, they cripple the system but we will mobilize the people against this continued stifling of the democratic process.
“At the moment, ANSIEC has no chairman as the former chairman had retired with no sign for his replacement.
“From what I gathered, the governor wants to appoint the caretaker committee chairmen to run the local government councils when the tenure of the incumbent occupants expired.
“We caution Obiano to desist from doing that and go ahead and follow the constitution by organising local government elections,” Obi said.

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