APC, PDP on collision course over Kwara LG election

APC, PDP on collision course over Kwara LG election

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The ruling All Progressives Congress and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party in Kwara State are on a collision course over the plan to appoint caretaker committees for the 16 local government councils in the state by the Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed-led administration at the expiration of the tenure of the incumbent council bosses next month.
While the ruling APC has given it’s backing to the proposal, the leading opposition party, the PDP has threatened to go to court, if the proposal sees the light of the day.
Governor Ahmed had sought and secured a 2-month tenure extension for the chairman of Offa Local Government, Prince Segun Olaonipekun, on September 10, claiming that the development would enable him to harmonise the tenure of all the 16 councils, which would now lapse on November 10.
Speaking on the telephone with The Point on Wednesday, the Assistant Publicity Secretary of the PDP in the state, Mr. Femi Yusuf, alleged that the state government had perfected plans to replace the outgoing council bosses with caretakers.
Yusuf argued that such an action would not be in the interest of the masses.
He said the opposition party in the state viewed the proposed Transition Implementation Committees as illegal and would, therefore, challenge it in court if the government made good its plans.
The PDP spokesman said, “We can never be on the same page on this particular thing. From the onset, we anticipated this kind of a thing; that is why we started shouting about the (local government) election since four months ago. If they are sure that there will an election, they ought to have declared there is going to be an election by giving notice.
“But we know that they have something in the offing. They are planning to extend the tenure of the incumbent chairmen and shift the election to March next year. From the onset, we said we were not in agreement with that. The best thing for them is to conduct an election, because that is the ideal thing. As for the TIC or whatever they want to put in place, aside from conducting an election, in the constitution, it is illegal.
“So whatever they are doing just like the Offa council chairman, whom they extended his tenure, it is purely illegal. And the implication of that is that the chairman of Offa is occupying that seat illegally after his tenure had lapsed. They now want to constitute another illegal body to run our local governments.
“We are urging them to follow constitutional provisions. I think since 2003, we have been conducting local government election. Even if they are going to win the whole thing, let them just follow normal procedure. There is no point doing an illegal thing because they are in control of power. We are going to take legal action.”
However, the APC Publicity Secretary in the state, Sulyman Buhari, said the ruling party was not afraid of any legal action by the opposition.
Buhari said the government would not have run foul of the law if it constituted caretaker committees for local government councils in the state.

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