By Waleola Ibrahim, Lokoja
The Executive Director, Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR), Comrade Idris Miliki Abdul has described the inability of Kogi State government to conduct Local Government Council elections as a fraudulent act of highest order.
Abdul who disclosed this while speaking at one day quarterly review meeting with media and CSOs -Anti corruption, Transparency and Accountability in election by Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR) in partnership with Yar Adua Foundation held at NUJ press Centre in Lokoja on Tuesday.
The Rights activist has condemned the attitude of state government and Kogi State House of Assembly for not conducting council election in the past three years and continued to extend the tenure of illegal administrators in the 21 councils of Kogi State.
He pointed out that it was deliberate attempt by the State government not to conduct local government which is gross violation of the law of the land.
He explained that the conduct of local government election is very sacrosanct by the virtue section 7 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended stated there must elections in to the 774 Local government council in the country,noting that the process must be transparent.
Abdul lamented that the State government has received over N200 billion in the past years and can still not conduct local government elections in State, stressing the executive and legislature must stop perpetrating illegality and commended the Federal government for the conduct of just concluded general election.
The activist has called on the Federal Government to stop the Kogi State local government allocations for the month of June when all other councils would have been freed from shackles of state government oppression.
“It would be tantamount to corruption of the highest order to release the June Allocations to undemocratically elected councils administrators in Kogi State”, he stressed.
As an observer during the just concluded general elections, he said that it was observed that some people were wearing tags of Political Party Observers, arguing that electoral does not recognised them, saying that electoral act only recognises Party agents and not political Party observers .
He lamented that some people went to computer centres to print out tags and cards as part of plans to disrupt the electoral process, warning the Electoral Umpire to be very vigilant and take drastic action against this corrupt practices.