Critics of the creation of additional council areas in Ekiti State got a knock from the state chapter of the Association of Government of Nigeria (ALGON) at the weekend.
Opponents of the Governor Kayode Fayemi administration are kicking against the creation of 19 Local Council Development Authority (LCDAs), saying such move was unconstitutional.
But ALGON, through one of its members, Mrs Omotunde Fajuyi, accused the critics of being blind to the process and the necessity for the council areas, which according to her, was the outcome of a rigorous appraisal of the people’s agitations.
Mrs Omotunde, who doubles as the chairperson of Ado West LCDA, said it was wrong of the critics to say that the council areas were hurriedly created, pointing out that contrary to their thinking, agitations for new council areas actually began during the administration of the first democratically-elected Governor of the state, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo.
Her words: “The LCDAs were properly created as informed by the needs and agitations of the people for equitable distribution of the commonwealth.
“They (LCDAs) were created based on the requests of the various communities and Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission (EKSIEC) duly conducted a referendum before the House of Assembly endorsed the law creating the council areas.
“It stands logic on its head for some people to think that the state must get a federal approval before creating council areas. All the state needs to do is to notify the National Assembly for the listing of newly created councils in the constitution.
“So, the creation of 19 council areas in the state was in order.”
The ALGON chief also carpeted the opposition for deliberately misleading the public by saying that the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) party went to court to abort the inauguration of Mr Ayodele Fayose as the new governor of the Land of Honour State.
According to her, the APC as a party never approached the court but took its case to the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal for redress after the outcome of the June 21 election.
She said: “The eligibility suit is strictly an e-11 affair. The APC as an aggrieved party is challenging the outcome of the polls at the tribunal but the e-11, a body of concern Ekiti indigenes dragged the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before the state high court to challenge his eligibility having allegedly lied under oath.
“It is wicked of the opposition to link the APC to the eligibility case pending before the court. To say that the APC is court to scuttle the inauguration is a lie taken to the extreme.
“The truth of the matter is that the issue at stake is not whether the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) erred by returning Mr Fayose as the winner of the June 21 election, the bone of contention is if the candidate was eligible to have contested the election having submitted a false declaration to the electoral umpire.”