By Chris Ochayi
The Association of Local Government Vice Chairmen of Nigeria, ALGOVC, Saturday, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on the Anambra State Governor, Chief Willy Obiano to conduct Local Government Council elections in all the 21 LGAs in the state.
“The association’s National Chairman, Hon. Lawrence Onuchukwu, said in a statement issued in Abuja that this became necessary as the tenure of the Transition Committee Chairmen in all the councils expired over the weekend.
He said in the first instance, the Governor shouldn’t have allowed a vacuum to be created with the exit of the caretaker committee before conducting Council polls for the emergence of democratically elected Council Chairmen to replace them.
He said, “President Buhari as the father of the nation should please save Anambra people from this wicked act of the Governor by directing him to ensure that democratic process reach the grassroots level in the state.
“Presently, Governor Obiano is desperate to reconfirm the TC Chairmen, whose tenure just ended, without due regards to have democratic representatives at the grassroots level in the state.
“Already, with the refusal of the State Assembly to approve the reconfirm bid of the Governor, there is imminent logjam in the state, hence the need for the president to act immediately to save the ugly situation.”
Onuchukwu, an indigene of Anambra State, who is the current Vice Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, regretted that Anambra people have long been denied the opportunity to be governed by their representatives at the lower level of governance.
He said this expiration of TC Chairmen is another opportunity that presented itself and it would be good for the Governor to seize it to do the right thing by conducting the council polls for the first time in his administration, so that the people will join other Nigerians who have been having taste of good governance in their various councils in Nigeria.