Local Government elections will not be held in Abia State until after the conclusion of the on-going constitutional amendment by the National Assembly, the State House of Assembly has said.
This came against the backdrop that the House had received list of the serving transition committee chairmen of the 17 Local Government Councils from the Governor Theodore Orji, for renewal of their tenure which had just expired.The Speaker of the House, Chief Ude Chukwu, who handed over the cheque to one of the parents, Mr. Israel Afonne, said the gesture was in fulfillment of a promise made to the pupils when they were rescued by security operatives. Chukwu explained that the money was to assist in the paying the school fees of the abducted pupils as promised by the Fourth Session of the House, which failed to fulfill its promise.
Meanwhile, at his monthly press briefing, the Deputy Speaker and Chairman of House Committee on Information and Strategy, Chief Alwell Okere said that although the House was desirous of seeing that local government elections were conducted in the state it felt that it would be better to wait for the out come of the proposed constitutional amendment. According to Okere, the House’s position was informed by the fact that the amendment could throw up one or two changes or alteration in the system, which could affect any election conducted now, hence the decision to wait.
Defending the administration of local government system with appointed chairmen and other officers, Okere said “the system is not illegal, it has the backing of law”.