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Council Tenure Extension: APC Lambasts Obiano, HA

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*Wants FG to stop allocation

“We seize this opportunity to draw the attention of the Anti-graft agencies in the country to the terrible abuse to which the local government funds in Anambra State have been subjected, as a funding for rigging the Anambra State House of Assembly elections of April 11, 2015, which products are now paying back with express approval of impunity, and the proposed Anambra Central repeat elections of March 2016.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra state has expressed disappointment over the non-conduct council elections which became due last month, by the state government led by Chief Willie Obiano.

APC therefore called on the Federal Government, through the office of the Minister of Finance to stop further release of all statutory funds and allocations due each of the 21 councils of Anambra state, until a transparent and acceptable council poll is conducted and elected officials inaugurated.

A statement from the state secretariat of APC and signed by its Publicity Secretary, Mr Okelo Madukaife, noted that, “Our great party does not recognize any Local Government Chairman in any Local Government as Chair, because nothing empowers the Governor, or the House of Assembly the powers to extend the tenure of an ‘elected’ Local Government Chairman, let alone the flawed, one-party election that brought the current crop in on January 13, 2014, through the back door.”

According to him, “To us and the generality of Anambra State they remain former LG chairman who have been recruited to do a hatchet job of covering up the financial mess to which the LG funds allocated to Anambra State have been subjected by the Government of Anambra State and its hangars on in APGA, particularly Mr Victor Umeh, who draws huge sums of money from Anambra purse as ‘installation allowance’.

“To add insult to injury and stand the rule of law in the head, the Government of Anambra State and its dead wood House of Assembly, also purported to appoint a caretaker Committee for Ihiala Local Government Area where the Court of Appeal order a fresh election since November 2015.

The party therefore urged citizens of the state “…to bear through the temporary hassles of not having a recognizable government in place, as it will be only a short while before the walls of Jericho come crumbling down.

“We seize this opportunity to draw the attention of the Anti-graft agencies in the country to the terrible abuse to which the local government funds in Anambra State have been subjected, as a funding for rigging the Anambra State House of Assembly elections of April 11, 2015, which products are now paying back with express approval of impunity, and the proposed Anambra Central repeat elections of March 2016.

“Consequently, we call on the Federal Minister of Finance to as henceforth withhold local government allocations for Anambra State, in savings for the state until elected local government officials are in place.

“Once again we urge Ndi Anambra to reject despotism and note that any government that can emasculate the Legislature and , judiciary  the two arms of government that act as checks , and the appoint local governments  has transmuted into the Abacha-type dictatorship where five parties nominate one candidate to the nation’s ridicule.”

From Chuks Collins, Awka


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