A human rights group, Recover Nigeria Project, has written to Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, demanding for the conduct of local government elections in the state.
The letter addressed to Obiano, dated July 8, and signed by Mr Osita Obi, Convener of the group and three others, was made available to newsmen yesterday in Awka.
Obi said that the group viewed non-conduct of local government election in the area as ‘criminal denial of citizens’ political right’.
The group however, gave the government one month ultimatum to commence preparations for the conduct of council polls in the state or face legal action and mass protest.
He said other groups collaborating with Recover Nigeria Project on the matter include Nigeria Youth Organisation, PDP Youth Alliance and all registered APC support group.
Obi emphasised that a vibrant local government system was a faster means of reaching people at the grassroots.
“If elections are held in the local government areas, it will create jobs, reduce insecurity and serve as breeding ground for good politicians.
Obi, who championed the struggle for local government election in Anambra during former Governor Peter Obi’s administration, said he had no political interest in the demand.
The activist however, advocated for total autonomy of the local government tier and commended President Buhari for his recent move to ensure financial autonomy for the councils.
Obi said it was infringement of the people’s political right not to allow the people to elect their leaders at the council levels in a democratic system.
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A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
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