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NULGE Calls On INEC To Take Over Conduct Of LG Election 

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 Tope Fayehun, Akure

The National Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE,has advocated

for the scrap of the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) and

called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to take

over the conduct of local government election across states of the

federation.

The union also cautioned state Houses of Assembly against succumbing

to pressure from some state governors who are working against the

approval of long awaited local government autonomy.

Addressing a press conference in Akure,  the Ondo State capital the

Ondo Chairman of the union , Comrade Bunmi Eniayewu , said the

takeover became imperative to checkmate alleged electoral fraud by

state governors.

The NULGE chairman who said, INEC should be constitutionally empowered

to conduct credible election for local governments, noted that the

development would make the people at the grass root to hold their

representatives accountable.

Eniayewu said, those at the helm of affairs in the country should

allow a bottom up approach,saying that was the position of the grass

root people .

According to him, “This will make the people of the grassroot chose

the candidate of their choice to preside over their affairs rather

than for a governor waking up and decided that some people should go

and appointed a caretaker “.

He said,” The position of the grassroot people and what they saying is

that we must have a free and fair elections in our local governments.

Because if am a governor and I appointed SIEC, there is no way they

would not do my biding.

” if you are doing good in your state as a party and a governor in

power, it will be easy to convince the people to vote for your

candidate. But what we have now, is a situation whereby a party in

power conduct an election and at the same time clears all the local

government elections at all cost in a state that has multiple party in

their state and National Assembly .

Speaking on the local government autonomy, Eniayewu said that state

lawmakers were lawfully independent and they should not allow any

governor to use them to truncate local government autonomy that all

Nigerians were yearning for.

He expressed confidence that the Ondo state house of Assembly and

governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu were in support of rapid development at

the grassroots and they would not work against autonomy for local

government in the country.

On the recent mass retrenchment of over 4000 local government workers

and 22000 teachers by the Kaduna state government, Comrade Eniayewu

described the actions as inhuman, condemnable and should not be allow

to stay in the interest of the affected workers and their families.



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