Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode recently appointed sole administrators to man the affairs of the councils, pending the conduct of local government elections at a date yet to be specified.
The appointments came after the governor sacked the executive secretaries who ran the affairs of the councils for the past two years, amidst calls by the opposition and civil society for conduct of elections.
“The sole administrators were appointed “to continue to occupy the councils in proxy for the APC, for another period not less than three months, instead of allowing the LASIEC (state electoral commission), to announce date for council polls,” the PDP, in a statement issued by its spokesman, Taofiq Gani, said.
“The PDP holds that the governor and the APC are jittery and unpopular of going into the grass roots elections in the state, thus the decisions to control the councils by nomenclature of executive secretaries and sole administrators, which are alien and offensive to the provisions of our Constitution, which under section 7 guarantees only democratically elected local government council administrations.”
Ambode recently said one of the best ways Nigeria can immortalise the late winner of June 12, 1993 Presidential election, Chief M.K.O Abiola, is to entrench viable democracy, just as he said that such can only be achieved through the practice of true federalism which is currently not in place in the country.