By Ola Adeola
Election into local government areas in Ogun State has been scheduled to hold today, Saturday, October 8.
Meanwhile, non-for-profit Transition Monitoring Group, TMG, has stated its readiness to observe the poll. In its statement signed by TMG chairman Biola Akiode, the group said doing so is “part of its commitment to promoting free, fair as well as effective and accountable management of election will observe the LG election process to ensure compliance during the scheduled LG election in the State”.
Akiode stated TMG will “deploy citizen observers across the twenty (20) LGAs in the State to observe the Election Day processes and conduct of the security and other stakeholders during the election”.
The group equally upbraided states without democratically elected council officers to do so, adding that “resorting to governance by caretaker committees” is illegal.
“It is instructive to note that some of the developments that have opened up the country came after the local government reforms of 1976.
“The system of local governance by democratically elected local government councils is guaranteed under section 7 (1) of the 1999 Constitution.
“Though LGAs are the closest political units to the people and most important in Nigeria’s democracy, LGA elections have become the most constitutionally abused subject in Nigeria. Elections at this level have suffered setbacks, neglect and left at the whims and caprices of incumbent state governments who are making a mockery of the whole essence of bringing governance closer to the people as a mechanism for engendering development at the grassroots level,” the statement said.