By Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
A Lokoja based Human Rights Activist and Executive Director, Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution ( CHRCR), Comrade Idris Abdul has urged the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello to immediately constitute the State Independent Electoral Commission (KOSIEC).
He also urged the governor to put machinery in place for the conduct of elections into the Local government council according to the provisions of the 1999 constitutions as amended.
This was contained in a press statement signed by Abdul and copy of which was made available to newsmen in Lokoja on Wednesday.
The activist lamented the inability of the state government to conduct local government election in the state in the past three and half years.
Abdul explained that the Local Government Council in Nigeria should be democratically constituted according to Section 7(1) of the 1999 constitution as amended.
He bemoaned the attitude of the state government over Local Government issues in the recent past , stressing that local government council can not enjoying autonomy when elections are not conducted at that level.
“It is worrisome and un-imaginable, that since March 2019 when the tenure of the immediate past SIEC chairman expired and he has since left office, there has not been any replacement in terms of appointing a new chairman and other commissioners who tenure has also expired.
“It is ridiculous that an agency that is statutorily constituted by law could not be constituted by a government and a governor that is put in place by law.
“It is unbelievable that the tenure of chairman of an election body, that has expired since March 2019 and we are now in October, no appointment has been made, and no nomination to that effect is pending before the Kogi State House of Assembly.
“We wish to let the Kogi State House of Assembly know that they are legally constituted and constitutionally mandated to make laws for the good of people of Kogi State, who gave them their mandate and therefore cannot substitute that mandate for politics in the name of loyalty to an individual, as Kogi State as an entity is bigger. than any individual or groups,” he stated.