We Are Within The Confines of NASIEC Electoral Law- Chairman
The chairman of the Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission, Barrister Ayuba Wandai has revealed that the state electoral umpire is working within the confines of the law to ensure the conduct of Local Government election in the State.
Though the chairman did not specify when the election will hold in the state, This reaction was coming at a time the state Governor, Abdullahi Sule advocated for the selection of people with integrity and competence to be presented as candidates for chairmanship and Councilorship respectively.
He tasked party heavyweight to take into cognizance the need to bring people with vast experience that would shift ground but not waiting for Federal grant to pay workers’ salaries only.
The Governor disclosed this when the people of Akwanga South paid him a Salah homage, stating that experience candidates would add value to the system.
It could be recalled that the Governor irked over the inability of Councils chairmen to pay workers’ salaries at their various Local Governments may not be unconnected to the recent call by Engineer Abdullahi Sule to advocate for the election of credible and competent persons to man the Local Government system in the state.
“Only competent individuals would provide necessary leadership at the Local Government level are needed but not low range politicians that cannot add value to the entire system”.
The Governor gave the disclosure while hosting members of the Mada South Unity Forum at his abode when they paid a new year homage, He said he would prefer to see the people elect chairmen who have the experience and capacity to exploit and harness resources found in each of the councils, rather than depending on monthly subvention just to pay salaries.
Engineer Sule buttressed that his administration would exhibit transparency and fairness in the conduct of the forthcoming Council election.
He however appealed to the people to ensure that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), field only competent candidates that will assist the administration by exploiting and harnessing abundant natural and human resources within their Local Governments.
Engineer Sule while responding to issues raised by Mada South Unity Forum led by the District Head, Sir Anthony Yamusa emphasized the need to conduct a free, fair, and credible Local Government election in 2021.
“I will ensure free, fair, and credible forthcoming Local Government elections in the state” he insisted”.
Governor Sule however urged the people of Akwanga Local Government Council to agree on a credible candidate for the chairman who is competent enough to harness and exploit the abundant natural resources found in the area for the collective benefit of the people.
“Akwanga has the potential to be great; adding that what Akwanga needs now is to get someone who would take a critical look at her potentials, harness and such for the progress of the people.
He lamented that even though Akwanga used to be the administrative head of the old Akwanga Division, with Wamba and Nassarawa Eggon under the administrative unit, it’s regrettable that Akwanga is still battling to pay the monthly salary of workers.
On the rumpus regarding the office of the District Head of Akwanga, the Governor said he did not do anything to antagonize the Chun Mada, HRH. Samson Gamu Yare stool that he holds in high esteem.
Engineer Sule buttressed that is mindful of not sparking disunity among the Mada Nation, noting that all he did was to confirm Anthony Yamusa as substantive district head, instead of reinstating him as liaison officer, in order to finally put the matter to rest.
Earlier in their separate submissions, Hon. Samuel Tsebe, member representing Akwanga South at the State Assembly, Yusuf Loko, a retired custom comptroller who is the president Mada-South Unity Forum, spoke on issues affecting the area.
They corroborated one another on the need to be allowed to produce the next chairman, their perennial water problems, settlement of all.