Monday, April 15, 2024

Bayelsa LG Polls: Electoral process undemocratic, shameful – LP’s Eradiri


The Bayelsa State Labour Get together, LP, Governorship Candidate, Udengs Eradiri, has decried the continued native authorities electoral course of within the state describing it as undemocratic and shameful.

Eradiri mentioned the whole electoral course of was fraught with high-handedness, corrupt practices and different irregularities with outcomes already predetermined by the state authorities.

He mentioned it was not stunning that members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Get together, PDP, have been all around the streets boasting publicly that the outcomes of the yet-to-be-conducted ballot had been written to permit solely the candidates of their celebration sweep the whole positions.

Eradiri, a former Commissioner for Youth and later Surroundings mentioned the state Governor had allowed the whole lot he complained about forward of the just-concluded governorship election within the state to characterise the LG ballot scheduled for Saturday.

“From a compromised Bayelsa State Electoral Fee to a course of designed to favour solely the ruling PDP, the native authorities electoral course of in Bayelsa State is laughable, non-competitive and undemocratic and can absolutely develop into a rip-off, a sham and a charade”, he mentioned.

Eradiri questioned why Governor Diri couldn’t muster the political will to provoke native authorities electoral reforms however would consistently and loudly name for the reforms of the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee, INEC, particularly every time his celebration was not in management on the centre.

He mentioned: “It can nonetheless go down in historical past that Governor Douye Diri is among the many governors killing the native authorities administration in Nigeria. These governors manipulate native authorities administrations of their varied states by compromising the grassroots elections to disclaim the folks real representations.

He alleged, “they plant their goons as chairmen and councillors after agreeing on a sharing formulation of assets accruing to native authorities. So, as an alternative of being an impartial tier of presidency, the native authorities has develop into an appendage of the state governor, an extension of his workplace.

“This flagrant abuse of the structure by governors like Diri has gone on unchallenged for a very long time contributing to entrenching poverty on the grassroots. The overbearing affect of governors on our native authorities has rendered an necessary tier of presidency impotent and unable to ship its constitutional mandate”.

The previous President of the Ijaw Youths Council, IYC, Worldwide recalled {that a} former Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, as soon as reformed the native authorities election in his state, launched digital voting that created a degree taking part in area that allowed the opposition PDP to win some native authorities areas.

Eradiri mentioned it was excessive time the Nationwide Meeting and the President got here to the rescue of native authorities administration by eradicating the grasping grip of governors from it.

He referred to as for a complete overhaul of the part of the structure establishing the native authorities to take away features selling undue affect of native authorities by governors.

He notably requested the Nationwide Meeting to amend the regulation establishing native authorities administration to permit the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee, INEC, conduct elections for vacant positions.

He mentioned: “Till the persons are allowed to freely elect their leaders on the grassroots, the native authorities will proceed to serve solely the pursuits of governors and never these of the folks. And till native authorities is restructured to play its features, the expansion and improvement of this nation will proceed to decelerate”.

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