The Lagos State Government has called on members of the National Assembly to trash the bill seeking to make Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) responsible for all elections from local governments to the president.
Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Ademorin Kuye made the revelation while speaking in Lagos. He said that members of the National Assembly are debating the bill because they are not busy. According to him, what the lawmakers are trying to stop is the incidents of rigging at the local government, adding that is equally guilty of thesame offence.
“If we want to practice federalism, let it be Fiscal Federalism. My position is that the bill should be thrown out. What they want to correct, is may be the complaint of rigging of elections. Now what is the complaint against INEC, over federal elections? Rigging of course, an institution that has not been able to effectively conduct federal elections now wants to take over 775 Local Governments elections again to continue the era of illegality and rigging into the local Government elections again. I am totally against it”, he said.
Kuye said that the constitution ascribes creation of local governments and their tenure to state houses of assembly adding that for the members of the National Assembly to insist that it must give approval before they become legal entity defeats the spirit and intent of federalism which Nigeria operates.
“If the constitution says that creation and tenure of local government is a function of the law made by the house of assembly then what is the National Assembly doing on it. It is because the National Assembly are not busy that is why they can even allow this kind of thing to come before them. Local governments are creation of the state government. It is unfortunate for the National Assembly to say that before a Local Government is created, they must give certain approval. That is not how it is done in developed countries. That is now how it is practiced in America that has thesame system like ours”, the commissioner said.