From Isaac Ojo, Nnewi
Leading aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) in the November 6 guber elections, Lady Chidi Onyemelukwe, has described as worrisome the neglect and abuse of the local government system.
Onyemelukwe told the media Sunday at Nando, Anambra East LGA, at the sidelines of the second session of the fourth Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Niger West, that there are certain ambiguities that exist in Nigeria’s constitution that allow state governments to annex and treat local governments as their operational extensions, not minding that local governments were created as autonomous governance structures.
Onyemelukwe, who was the Anambra 2017 deputy governorship candidate of the PDP, said such loopholes and neglect of local governments have rendered the federal system dysfunctional.
The PDP aspirant promised that if elected governor on November 6, her administration will guarantee local government autonomy by holding local government elections within its first year in office.