By Chimaobi Nwaiwu
Nnewi —Progressives People’s Alliance, PPA, Anambra State branch has accused the state government of deliberately delaying the conduct of local government elections in the state because of the money it was making from the councils.
Chairman of PPA in the state, Mathias Ameke made the accusation in Anaku, Ayamelum Local Government Area while addressing newsmen during the one year anniversary of Anambra Good Governance Forum.
PPA also accused the state government of gagging the press and preventing opposition parties from the use of state radio and television and other mass agencies owned by the state from using them to make their voices heard.
The party said, “What APGA government in the state is calling good governance and praising it selves with some media houses they have bought over is simply ‘a flash in the pan.’ Unless there is autonomous LGAs system, and until development and power devolves to the grassroots, then people will agree that there is good governance in the state.
“LGAs administration have been rubbished in the scheme of things in Anambra State and that is where the people are, there is no good governance unless there is autonomous LGA system and administration where election is visibly contested, manifestos flung around, mission statements made and whoever wins must do what he or she promised, then there is good governance.
“A situation where people are handpicked and lorded over the masses of the LGA, imposed on the people, they owe allegiance to whoever appointed them, increases the level of poverty on the people, that why you see poverty is working everywhere,” he said.