Yesterday, the Senate called on the Federal Government to withhold statutory allocations from local council areas that are not democratically elected. This resolution was reached following the adoption of a motion sponsored by Senator Abba Moro (PDP Benue South).

In a motion titled “Urgent need to halt the erosion of democracy: the dissolution of elected councils in Benue State,” Senator Abba Moro expressed concern over the dissolution of democratically elected councils in Benue State, being replaced by caretaker committees. He emphasized that this practice deviated from the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

All Nigeria Latest News reports that Senator Moro supported his argument by referencing Section One of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), which mandates democratically elected councils as the prescribed system of local government in Nigeria.

The federal lawmaker asserted that it is the constitutional duty of every state to establish local government councils through legislation.

Additionally, he highlighted existing court rulings explicitly instructing the governor, the House of Assembly, and related entities not to interfere with the tenure of the elected councils. Noting that there have been no appeals against these judgments by the governor and government of Benue State, Senator Abba Moro argued that the dissolution of the 23 local government councils in the state goes against the principles of the rule of law.

Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, expressed concern over the unfolding situation in a state governed by the All Progressives Congress (APC), emphasizing that the party should steer clear of such practices. Drawing from his experience as a governor, he highlighted that he had conducted local government elections twice. Akpabio suggested that the nation might consider entrusting the responsibility of conducting local government elections to a legally established body.

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