ATABOR JULIUS LOKOJA.
The Executive Director Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution ( CHRCR) Comrade Idris Miliki has blast governor Yahaya Bello for non conduct of election into the Local Government Councils in kogi state for more than three years as illegal , corrupt and unacceptable to the people of the state.
The Executive Director stated this Tuesday in Lokoja at one day quarterly review meeting for media and CSOs organised by the centre in partnership with Shehu Musa Yaradua Foundation .
Miliki noted that the government has deliberately denied the people the rights to freely choose those who govern them at the local level called on the citizenry to join hands to pressurise the government to honour the constitutional provisions of periodic elections into the Council Areas across the country.
He decried the actions of the government who decided not to send the names of the Administrators to state Assembly for confirmation when their last extension expired two months ago adding that actions taken by administrators are null and void and amount to fraud and corruption against the people.
He blamed the members of the state Assembly for their connivance with the government to jettison the conduct of local government elections,stressing that the usual excuse of paucity of fund is unacceptable as the Councils have collected billions of naira from the Federation Account.
The Rights activists described corruption as the non conduct of election and lack of accountability, adding that it has denied the people at the grassroots of participating in the affairs of their councils.
The Activist described as unfortunate the absence of budget for the local government areas in the state for consideration by the state house of assembly in the last three years, saying the silence by the executive and legislative arms is corruption, not acceptable most especially that it has received and appropriated funds for other items without given the conduct of local government elections a priority.
According to Com. Miliki, ” What is happening with the conduct of local government election in the state must be explained to the people by the governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello.
” I called on the state government to come out and tell the people why they don’t want to conduct elections. They have no moral justification for the non conduct of local government elections and as such should not demand for election into the governorship seat of the state in November when it cannot conduct LG polls.