By Anayo Okoli
UMUAHIA— GOVERNOR Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has frowned at the use of transition committees to run the Local Government system, saying that the arrangement impacts negatively on development of democracy.
Governor Ikpeazu also lamented that Abia State has lost a lot in terms of garnering democratic experience at the council level in the state because of non-conduct of elections at that level in the last 10 years.
The governor spoke yesterday when members of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) paid him a visit at the Government House, Umuahia.
He said that the use of transition committee chairmen in running the Local Governments was playing a negative role in deepening democracy in the country.
According to him, because elections have not been conducted into the councils in the state in the last 10 years, Abia has lost a lot in terms of democratic experience at that level
He said that was why he decided to conduct council elections next month which he believed is the right thing to do, and expressed surprise that IPAC has not been getting on well with the State Independent Electoral Commission and promised to engage the chairman of the commission on the need to carry them along in their activities.