By Olasunkanmi Akoni
After much postponement and delays, both the Executive and Legislative arms of the Lagos State Government may have commenced preparations towards the conduct of free, fair, transparent and credible elections into the 20 Local Government Areas, LGAs, and 37 Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs across the state this year. Tentatively, the poll has been fixed for October this year.
However, earlier investigations by Vanguard revealed that some of the aspirants for the post of Executive Secretaries under the platform of APC, have been lobbying party leaders and political heavyweights in the society in order to pave way for their chairmanship aspiration or councillorship.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was believed to have set the tone for the campaigns with his mandatory two constructions of roads per each council annually. This initiative has no doubt won the hearts of many residents who have been commending the laudable project.
Political posters and handbills by aspirants across councils have been pasted in strategic places and distributed. Some have even resorted to commercial space on radio where they announced their achievements so far.
Also on Thursday, Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission, LASIEC, organised stakeholders’ forum where youths organisations, media, Non-Governmental Organisatons, NGO, with theme: “Election Observer, Election monitors, Any synergy.” What control over Election Processes,? was held at Event Centre, Alausa, Ikeja.
Lagos State House of Assembly also said it was set to pass a bill to establish Local Government Economic Planning and Development Board for 57 councils in the state into law.
Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa said the bill was aimed at harmonizing the economic potentials in the country and to promote harmony between each LG and LCDAs in other to promote and sustain the state economy especially from the grassroots.