By Dennis Agbo
ABAKALIKIâ€”EBONYI State Government has given condition under which incumbent local government chairmen in the state would be returned for a second term in office come, July 10, local council elections in the state.
The state government said that only performing chairmen, who discharged their duties creditably well with accountability would be returned. The stateÂ Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr. Mathias Adum, had therefore, cautioned the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to ensure that only the council chairmen and councilors,Â who performed creditably well, wouldÂ be return for a second term.
Adum, who dropped the hint during a PDP rally at Ugbodo Ebonyi Local Government Headquarters, said that in actual sense,Â some council chairmen and Development Centre Coordinators had done the party proud by embarking on developmental projects. He commended the state government and the PDP for the efforts they are making forÂ the rapid development ofÂ Ebonyi Local Government Area and requestedÂ that action be intensified on the Abakaliki â€“Ugbodo Road,Â which is under construction before the rainy season steps in.
Addressing party faithful at the rally, the chairman, PDP, Ebonyi State,Â Engr Dave Umahi, announcedÂ that there is no automatic ticket for any aspirant, but that the people and stakeholders of a particular area, were free to choose who will represent them.
Engr Umahi further said that in their bid to enhance gender equality and encourage women to come into politics, intent forms for women aspiring to elective positions in the forth coming council elections was free of charge, adding that the 30% of the positions given to women in the council elections slated for July 10,Â had come to stay.
He charged the stakeholders to make sure that the election was free and fair, warning that anybody who in one or the other,Â involves himself in violence or carries placard against anybody would be disqualified from aspiring for any position on the platform of PDP in the state at any level.