A group has rejected the proposal by Ondo State Government to create local council development authorities, saying the governor should conduct a local government election instead of creating LCDAs.
The state governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu on Tuesday announced the creation of the LCDAs across the state, saying it would bring the government closer to the grass roots. He also set up a committee on the creation.
However, the group, Sunshine Liberation Front, in a statement issued on Wednesday, alleged that the governor planned to create the LCDAs in order to benefit members of the All Progresssives Congress in the state.
According to the statement by the coordinator of the group, Mr Akindele Akinwale, the SLF said the governor should fund the existing local governments properly rather than establishing LCDAs.
The statement read in part, “The proposal, viewed by all political watchers as politics taken too far, is coming few months after Akeredolu and his government failed to conduct the council polls slated for December 1, 2018 for which a total of N2bn was earmarked in the 2018 budget.
“Would the governor now abandon the election that the prospective candidates had parted with huge funds in mobilising their supporters and getting nomination forms?
“This is a plot by the governor and his advisers to curry more political favour, score cheap points and share our limited funds amidst his party faithful at the expense of suffering Ondo Sstate indigenes.
“Is it not incredible and mischievous that the state governor, who has continued to abandon and starve local councils of funds and denying them of autonomy for several years, now remembers to create LCDAs out of them? Would these LCDAs not be given same treatment by the current government and the subsequent ones?
“The SLF will not look away while our political system, which should benefit the ordinary people, be rendered powerless to compensate a few, who worked and will be ready to work for their own political goals.”