The Campaign for Democracy (CD) South-East Region has urged Gov. Peter Obi to desist and erase the idea of conducting local council elections in Anambra due to its ill-timing.
“We are against conducting a council election after over 7 years in Gov. Obi’s administration even just as the state governorship election is only five months away,’’ CD said on Monday.
The statement, which was issued to newsmen in Awka, Anambra State, was signed by Dede Uzor A. Uzor, Chairman, CD South-East Region.
“It is very sad that the governor would contemplate to conduct local government elections only five months to the state governorship election after ruling the state for seven years and seven months in the expiration of his second term in office.
“And it is also on record that the governor had collected as local government revenue of over N300 billion; therefore, living the local government councils in the hands of caretaker committees.
“Which is against the general wish of Anambra people and the residents of the state,’’ it said.
CD alleged that the N300 billion collected from the local government confers cannot be equated or seen on the development on ground.
“Gov. Obi should leave the plan to conduct the council polls to the subsequent administration after him.
“Because Anambrarians cannot witness a free-and-fair election; especially when Gov. Obi wants to hastily conduct the election.
“And any attempt or plot to go ahead with the election would be resisted through protest, which has not happened in the history of Anambra State,’’ it said.