ByÂ Innocent Anaba
LAGOS -A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain in the National Assembly and Vice Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Army, Mr Matthew Omegara, has faulted the Federal Governmentâ€™s interference in the creation of Local Council Development Areas by Lagos State Government, saying that the presidency lackedÂ the constitutional power to call for their dissolution.
Mr Omegara, who represents Okigwe North Federal Constituency in the lower chamber of the National Assembly, also chided the Governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim for dumping the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), on which platform he was elected Governor, for the PDP, describing the move as an act of cowardice.
The lawmaker who fielded questions from newsmen in Lagos, where he was honoured alongside Senator Sylvester Anyanwu by Okigwe Town Development Union (OTDU), Lagos chapter said the Federal Government was wrong toÂ directÂ Governor Babatunde Fashola to dissolve the 37 LCDAs and revert to the old 20 local government councils.
He said that the Federal Government has no right under the constitution to either halt the creation of new local governments or withhold funds accruable to the existing ones.
â€œThe Federal Government is totally wrong to have directed Governor Fashola to dissolve the 37 Local Council Development Areas. The Federal Government has no right to stop the creation or with held the allocation of the existing 20 local governmentsâ€, he said.