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It is a sad commentary that for over five years of the administration of Governor Rochas Okorocha, Imolites have been denied elected representation in their 27 Local Council Areas.

It is a sad commentary that for over five years of the administration of Governor Rochas Okorocha, Imolites have been denied elected representation in their 27 Local Council Areas.


The last elected councillors and chairmen under the Ikedi Ohakim administration came on board in August 2010 and were booted out by Okorocha in June 2011. Since then, there have been series of Transition Committees appointed by the Governor.
At a stage, the Governor, apparently tired of the transitional ruler, a lingering exercise that robs the local inhabitants of their voice in what is supposed to be the third tier of government, he set up the so-called Community Government Council (CGC).
The establishment of the CGC which had no legal backing, raised a lot of dust in the land as the set-up usurped the functions of the town unions and assigned duties to traditional rulers as chairmen of such contraptions.
The “villagisation” administration, such was the pattern of the CGC, a proto-type of the then President Julius Nyerere's 'UJAMMA', crashed in the same way the latter fizzled out in the face of its creator!
It is, however, happy to hear from  the Governor himself that the long-expected local government council elections would hold soon.
The Owelle must have seen the futility of injecting foreign elements into local councils as a panacea for effective grassroots administration, like  the latter-day ridiculous measure of sending law-makers to head the local government areas and abandoning the jobs for which they were elected.
We stand to be convinced that hope is not lost, that there will be local government elections before Governor Okorocha clocks one year in office.
Beating his chest as if in victory, the Governor told a meeting of the members of the House of Assembly, his party's State Working Committee, women, youth leaders and all comers, at the Imo Trade and Investment Centre, Owerri, last weeks, “it will interest you to note that I have no more cases in court… Local Council elections will soon hold as we no longer have any legal impediments”.
We wish that the Governor should live up to his promise of restoring hope to the beleaguered Imolites. As he has scaled over legal impediments that affected the holding of council elections, it is also our wish that political party impediments do not stand on the path to the implementation of the task!

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