Idris Miliki Abdul, executive director, Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR) has call on the current administration of Governor Yahaya Bello in Kogi State to put machinery in place towards the conduct of Local government elections in the next 90 days.
Abdul who made the appeal in Lokoja expressed disappointment in the decision of Kogi State government and State Electoral Commission (SIEC) to inaugurate a caretaker committee in the 21 local government areas contrary to constitutional provision.
He said, “It is worrisome and disappointing, the Kogi state government through SIEC, did not comply with this Constitutional provisions, and therefore inaugurated on 6th of May 2016 Administrators to oversee the affairs of the Local Government Councils, contrary to the provisions of the law.
He stressed that the law does not recognise the position of administrators at the local government level and urged the government to as a matter of urgency conduct local government election in the state.
“It should be noted that the Constitution stipulates that there SHALL be a democratically elected Local government councils in Nigeria.”
Abdul further stated that the appointed administrators were inaugurated without screening by members of the state assembly.
“We wonder why the current Administrators were inaugurated without their screening and approval by a resolution of the House of Assembly”.