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The Inter-party Advisory Council in Adamawa State has called on the state Independent Electoral Commission to conduct the local government election in the state in line with the state’s local government electoral law.
The group also gave the government a seven-day ultimatum to take steps to organise and conduct the local government election.
Chairman, IPAC, Adamawa State, Reverend Iliya Aguwa, while addressing journalists on Tuesday, said failure or refusal of the state government to do so by August 21 would compel IPAC, on behalf of the political parties in the state, to take legal action to ensure compliance with the law.
Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Jibrilla, had two weeks ago approved the dissolution of elected local government administrations following the expiration of their two-year tenure as stipulated by the state Local Government Establishment and Administration of Local Government Councils law No. 4 of 2000.
IPAC flayed the state government’s use of career civil servants to manage the affairs of the 21 local governments and described the alleged state government’s deliberate refusal to ensure a seamless transition, as “undemocratic, unconstitutional, illegal” and therefore unacceptable.
“It was expected that a serious democratic government would take steps to conduct the local government election before the end of the tenure of the then serving councils so that we do not have undemocratic gaps in the running of the local government councils.
“Unlike what INEC is doing at the federal level, the ADSIEC in Adamawa State decided not to organise and conduct the election. Instead, the state government appointed career civil servants to manage the affairs of the 21 LGAs.”
The group, which also claimed that the action of the Adamawa State Government was in violation of Section 7 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic, urged the government to immediately take steps to organise and conduct the election in line with the state electoral law.
It gave the state government a seven-day ultimatum through the ADSIEC to immediately hold the local government election, “failure/ refusal to do so by the 21st August, 2018 will compel IPAC, Adamawa chapter, on behalf of the political parties in the state, to take necessary legal action to ensure early compliance with the law.”
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