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
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
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
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.