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States Who Do Not Hold LG Elections As At When Due Should Be Sanctioned – Ndoma-Egba

Posted: Feb 12, 2016 at 9:25 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
By Nsa Gill   
The former Senate leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba has advocated sanctions against state governors who fail to conduct local government elections as and at when due.
This is coming at a time when opposition party members in Cross Rivers State are beginning to raise concerns over the slow pace of preparation by the state’s government towards her forthcoming local government elections which should hold between the third and last quarter of this year 2016.
Ndoma-Egba spoke with newsmen in Calabar ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC) mega rally slated to hold in the state capital to formally welcome some prominent Cross Riverians into its fold, noted that the APC led government at the federal level will do what is constitutionally needful against any state that resorts to having a caretaker committee instead of a democratically elected local government council.
He noted that President Muhammadu Buhari had the needed political will to apply sanctions on any state government that violated the law with regards to local government elections.   “All the state governors including the governor of Cross River State swore to an oath of office to defend and protect the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the constitution provides very clearly for a democratically elected system of local government.
Adding, “The fact that in the past the powers that be did not meet that requirement does not mean that the current APC government at the Federal level will ignore that. There are consequences for breaching the constitutional requirements to have a democratically elected local government system in place.
For instance, the FG could withhold your funds until you have a democratically elected system in place.  And I am sure the APC will consider all of such option.  “It’s not business as usual for us not to have a democratically elected local government in place; President Muhammudu Buhari should insist that the provision of the constitution be upheld. Failure of any state governor to conduct elections as and when due in local government councils will amount to a breach of the constitution and should attract sanctions, where necessary.”
He said other prominent politicians in Cross River State and himself are joining the APC to make it a formidable and vibrant opposition party which will be able to engage the government in power in the state constructive.  The days of no opposition party slogan in Cross River State is gone.
 The rally held in Calabar the Cross River State Capital is expected to attract the APC’s National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun and other national working committee members  of the party.
He faulted insinuations that those who now identify with the APC are defectors describing the current situation as a ‘massive movement’ to the fold of the progressives.
Apart from the former senate leader, other notable Cross Riverians to be received in APC on Saturday include: former governor Clement Ebri, Senator Bassey Otu, Dr. Sandy Onor, Rt. Hon. Paul Adah, Chief Wilfred Inah  and Prince Jeddy Egba among others.