Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Lagos State chapter, said the appointment of sole administrators to manage local governments is unconstitutional.
The party said Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was not serious about his promise to conduct council polls in the state, adding that he should have allowed the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission, LASIEC, to announce the date for the election rather than use delay tactics.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that Ambode on Monday swore-in new sole administrators to take charge of the 20 local governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs.
A press statement issued yesterday by the Lagos PDP spokesperson, Gani Taofik, advised Ambode not to copy his Osun State counterpart, Rauf Aregbesola, who it said refused to conduct council polls in the last six years.
“We are not convinced that the forthcoming election in Lagos would be free, fair and credible considering Ambode’s control and manipulation of the electoral process. Ambode must not imitate Aregbesola. Lagos cannot imitate Osun State where there has been no council polls since he assumed power in 2010. Ambode is adopting various excuses to frustrate democracy at that level.”
The party said using sole administrators to head councils is contrary to Section 7 of the 1999 Constitution which made the provision for only democratically elected persons to manage them.
The party said the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress cannot demand that the council polls be conducted because it has no structure to win at the grassroots.
“These newly appointed sole administrators are all active card-carrying members of the All Progressives Congress and have the singular assignment of using council funds to support all APC candidates in their areas of control. This is unfortunate and a big threat to our democracy. Owing to this observation, we are not sure of free, fair, credible council election,” it said.


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