Nasarawa LG Election: Tough time lurks for 3 plus 3 incumbent chairmen

From Francis Nansak, Lafia

Ahead of the local government councils election scheduled to hold in 2021, as proposed by the Nasarawa state Independent Electoral Commission (NASIEC), there has been a daily rise in the numbers of those who have through their posters and consultation indicated interest for the contest.

The state Independent electoral commission, led by Barrister Ayuba Wandai, who was recently appointed and sworn in by Governor Abdullahi, enjoined stakeholders in the state to gear up for the LGAs election across the 13 councils of the state.

The AUTHORITY findings revealed that as much as existing chairmen of the various local government areas are gearing up for a second tenure of office, there is also a daily spring of other aspirants who may want to unseat them.

The major factors for such quest of seeking to unseat the incumbent chairmen hinges on the grounds that the some of the chairmen have not lived according to expectations, poor performances and in some quarters the need for replacing them is to create a political structure for the incumbent governor, in the view that the chairmen were elected during the reigns of the immediate past governor, Senator Al-Makura.

To this end, to be back on the seat after a successful three years in office may be injurious in the event of the re-election bid of the governor in 2023, as they are perceived to be loyalist of the former governor, whose political pedigree in Nasarawa state has a wider coverage even after his Eight years in office as the governor.

Some of the local government chairmen that would face such tough time in their bids to be re-elected are Keffi, Kokona, Nasarawa, Nasarawa Eggon, Obi and that of Doma, where some of their people said they lack political will and human relationship.

Also on the lists are Wamba ,Toto,Awe and Keana.These local government areas have growing agitations from those who are warming up to unseat them
Those of Akwanga,Karu and Lafia, in spite of some degree of performances in project execution and resource control, owing to their disposition to revenue generation, the move to replace them come 2021 is not unconnected with their relationship with the camp of the former governor, and pressure from the opposition party whose dominance in areas like Akwanga and Karu cannot be undermined.

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