By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa â€”Â Bayelsa State Action Congress has described as undemocratic the ultimatum given by the Federal Government to Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State to dismantle the 37 local council development areas created by the state.
Secretary of the party, Mr. Ebikibina Miriki, noted in an interview in Yenagoa that the Federal Governmentâ€™s position on the matter, which was given a clean bill by the Supreme Court in its verdict, was nothing but a clear violation of the Rule of Law which President Umaru Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s administration claimed to be championing.
According to him, the Federal Governmentâ€™s posi-tion on an issue that has been settled by the nationâ€™s apex court is the height of executive recklessness and an indication that the PDP administration has lost focus and has nothing to offer the country.
He said:Â â€œThe federal governmentâ€™s ultimatum to Lagos State government to shut down its 37 Local Council Development Areas on a matter that has passed through the â€˜clean state of billâ€™ by the Supreme Court and receiving the attention of the upper chamber is not only mischievous, misguided and diversionary, but a well thought out mechanism geared towards distracting the purposeful and visionary leadership of Governor Babatunde Fashola on good governance and evidence of dividends of democracy in the state.â€
The party noted with regret that Mr. President had been misguided on the issue which is a grave threat to the long established hierarchy of the nationâ€™s courts and judicial process and a threat to the countryâ€™s fledgling democracy.
â€œIt is most unfortunate that at this time when our economy is facing serious challenge and the electorates looking up to Mr. President to provide the desired leadership that would steer the country to economic prosperity, the nation is being dragged back to an issue that had been settled by the apex court,â€ he lamented.
The party urged Mr. President to address the threat by South-South governors to pull out of the amnesty process due to absence of a definite post-amnesty programme for the region as well as the vexatious issue of the proposed Petroleum Industry Bill and the relocation of the University of Petroleum from Effuurn, Warri in Delta to Kaduna.
â€œThese contentious issues, if not addressed properly, could plunged the country into another round of crisis,â€ the party stated.