Adamawa State House of Assembly, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state and other stakeholders are at loggerheads with Governor Jibrilla Bindow moves to impose caretaker committees for the 21 local government councils in the state.
Both the lawmakers and the leadership of the APC in the state said that they have discovered the Governor’s subtle moves and have accordingly taken steps to truncate efforts to impose unelected administrators on the local councils.
Both the House and the APC have vowed not to yield to any pressure from the executive arm of government to support and approve the composition and constitution of the caretaker committees to oversee the affairs of the 21 Local Government Areas of the state ahead of the June 25 local government polls.
The House Committee Chairman for information, Hon Hassan Barguma, said shortly after the Governor paid an unscheduled visit to the House on Friday that the lawmakers have told Governor Bindow the plain truth about the illegality of caretaker committee.
The committee chairman reiterated the position of the House that appointment of caretaker Committee is unconstitutional and illegal, adding that the lawmakers would protect the nation’s constitution to the letter.
“Truly, we spoke with the governor but we have not come to agreement with him. The issue is that local government is a child of the House of Assembly.
“We established the local government and whatever has to do with local government has to come to the House of Assembly. The administration of local government is entirely the duty of the House of Assembly.
“If we agree to make a law that will provide the caretaker committee for management or whatever is a minimum of 3 months and maximum of 6 months and election is slated to take place on June 25, this year.
“If you say we should give caretaker committee even tomorrow, we can’t achieve minimum period by the time the governor comes back from his journey, we would come to the conclusion of the matter.
“We are not ready to substitute election for caretaker committee because it is illegal except if another law is created to back the management committee they are intending to established,” he said.
In the same vein, the All Progressives Congress, APC, Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have said that the June 25 date for local government elections is sacrosanct.
It would be recalled that Adamawa State Independent Electoral Commission, ADSEC, fixed the date for the local government polls.
At a press conference yesterday, the organising secretary of APC in the state Ahmed Lawal, said that the party was not aware of the move by the governor to create caretaker committees ahead of the election, stressing that as a party they were prepared for the council election come June 25.
“APC as a party will not be involved in any illegality. Everybody knows that caretaker committee is illegal as far as we are concerned. If there is no elected chairman the councils’ heads of service have to take charge of the affairs of the Local Governments. So we are not aware of any caretaker committee and we are prepared to hold elections.”
Also reacting, a chieftain of PDM, Barrister Sunday Wugira, sided with the lawmakers and commended them for sticking to the constitution on the matter.
“We wish to thank the House of Assembly for standing on the side of the truth by telling the governor point lank that his action was illegal,” he said.
Similarly, the organizing secretary of the People’s Democratic Party in the state, Alhaji Abdullahi Prambe, noted that if allowed to sail the action of the governor would lead to confusion and possibly created unnecessary rancour in the state.
According to Prambe, “the action of the governor will cause confusion in the state,” he said.
Most of APC aspirants that spoke with our correspondent called on the government and the party leadership to provide level playing ground for them.

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