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Conduct LG elections now or face court action, APGA warns Kogi governor

Conduct LG elections now or face court action, APGA warns Kogi governor

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Kogi has threatened to drag the state government to court over alleged refusal to conduct elections into the 21 local governments in the state.

Muhammed Lawal, state Chairman of the party, who disclosed this at a news conference in Lokoja said the constitution of caretaker committees as Administrators for the 21 local council areas was illegal.

Lawal said the party was already exploring ways to ensure that the state government follow due process and conduct the election, saying that his party was tired of waiting for the exercise.

“We are going to draw the attention of the governor to the need to conduct local government election because we have a constitutional provision that backs our claim.

“There is a subsisting court judgement before now, secured by late Barrister James Ocholi against the PDP government on the matter.

“He got the court judgement that ruled that there is nothing like Administrator or Caretaker Chairman.

‘’Automatically, the judgement is there already and it is just for us to approach the court for its invocation,” he said.

He expressed concern that the caretaker committees constituted by the Governor Yahaya Bello had already spent over one year in office before the governor extended their tenure by another six months.

The party Chairman said that a bye-law by the state House of Assembly stipulated that no administration should exceed one third of its tenure in office without conducting local government elections.



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