- Governor Rochas Okorocha has called for a free and fair local government election in the state on Saturday, August 25
- He also urged the people of the state to vote for the APC in the election
- Okorocha further called for peaceful conducts on the sides of the political parties and candidates taking part in the election
Ahead of the local government election scheduled to take place in Imo on Saturday, August 25, the state governor, Rochas Okorocha, has called for a credible poll.
The governor conveyed the message in a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, The Nation reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that Okorocha also urged the people of the state to vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election.
The statement read: “Imo people will be electing 27 chairmen for the 27 local government areas in the state and about 645 councilors, in the local government election slated for Saturday and to be conducted by the Imo State Independent Electoral Commission (ISIEC).
“In line with the vision of Governor Rochas Okorocha and policy of the state government to take government to the communities, the state House of Assembly enacted a law that has warranted every autonomous community to elect a councilor, with the state now having about 645 autonomous communities.
“The governor has always believed that government should be taken to the people at the grassroots which had also occasioned his administration to come up earlier with the idea of Community Government Council (CGC) which has also transformed most of the communities in terms of development.”
It continued: “Having seen the great impact of the CGC in the communities, an executive bill was sent to the state House of Assembly for a law that would enable autonomous communities to elect their councilors, and the councilors will be the link between the government at all levels in the state and the individual communities for development.
“The councilors will also be working hand-in-glove with their respective traditional rulers for the development or progress of the autonomous communities involved.
“The governor has urged the Imo electorate to vote for the chairmanship and councillorship candidates of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election, since the APC government has done very well for the seven years it has held sway in the state.
“The governor also called for peaceful conducts on the sides of the political parties and candidates taking part in the election, while ISIEC should ensure free and fair election. He wishes all the candidates well.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state boasted that he will defeat former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, in any election, even in Adamawa state.
Okorocha made the statement in reaction to Atiku’s comment that he would lead the struggle for the PDP to take over Imo and Nigeria at large.
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