Non Conduct LG Election in Kogi, Rights activist cautions FG on release of June allocation

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A Human Right Activist, Comrade Idris Miliki has called on the Federal Government not to release June local government allocations to Kogi State, due to illegal administrative structures in the Local councils across the state.

Miliki who is the Executive  Director Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, (CHCR) , made the gave the charge on Tuesday, during a One day  quarterly review meeting for Media and CSOs on Anti-Corruption, Transparency and Accountability in Elections held at the NUJ press center Lokoja.

He noted that in the last three years of the administration of Governor Yahaya Bello, he has refused to conduct local government elections despite the huge sums of  money collected from the federation account.

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He stressed that the state assembly should be held responsible for the non conduct of local government election in the state , saying that it is their responsibility to make laws for the smooth running of the councils.

Comrade Miliki added that sincethe tenure of the adminiatrators put in place by the governor ended on 29th of March this year , it sad that the governor has continued to operate illegal structures at the Local councils.

Miliki who described the administration of Governor Yahaya Bello as the worst since the return of democracy is 1999, in terms of Local government administration, noted that any transaction between the governor and the adminiatrators since the day their tenure expired was illegal.

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“As am speaking now the state government have not reconstitute the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) . They don’t even have a Chairman.

” In Kogi state no local government council received less than N3 billion in the last three years. The governor is operating illegality in the state, he must conduct local government council election. What ever they are doing today is illegal” he stated.

On the last general electios, Miliki lamented the disruption of electoral process by some members ofpolitical parties and their supporters while he said security personnel compromise and display lack of professionalism in many instances.

He noted that fake political parties observers were noticed contrary to the provision of Electoral Act and INEC guidelines and called on the electoral unpire to be More proactive.

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“Political parties engaged in impunity and vote buying, fake security men were noticed, this is not good for our democracy” he said.

The programme was organized by Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, in conjunction with Yar’adua Foundation.




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