BY Emma Amaize
WARRI — A Warri-based human rights activist, Oghenejabor Ikimi, has expressed disappointment over plans by the Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan to set up local government area transition committees to administer the 25 local government areas in the state, saying it was undemocratic and should be rejected.
Ikimi, a former chairman of the Committee for Defence of Human Rights, CDHR, in the state said in a statement, “I have read with deep consternation, the intention of Governor Uduaghan to set up Local Government Transitional Committees in each of the Local Government Areas in Delta State with the passage of the Local Government Transition Committee Law by the 4th Session of the Delta State House of Assembly in contravention of the Section 7(1) of the 1999 constitution.”
He added, “I make bold to say that from the provisions of the above sub section of the 1999 constitution, the intention by the state government to instal Local Government Transition Committees in all the Local Government Areas of the State is undemocratic unconstitutional, illegal and void, hence the urgent need for the state government to discard same.”
The activist urged the governor to “rise above selfish party politics and to defend the 1999 constitution you swore before Deltans to uphold on Saturday, the 29th day of May, 2011 by immediately putting into motion all necessary mechanism that would enable the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) organize a peaceful, free and fair Local Government Elections in the State without fail”.