The Cross River State Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has given Governor Bassey Otu three months to hold the postponed Local Government Elections.
Local council elections were originally scheduled to take place in May 2022, but were delayed until February and March 2023 due to the statewide elections.
The state’s next scheduled election for municipal officials is October 21, 2023.
However, IPAC voiced its displeasure that the governor did not address the upcoming local council elections during his recent public address commemorating his 100 days in office in a statement signed by the state chairman and secretary, Comrade Anthony Attah and Pastor Ntami Esege.
We had declared a well-deserved honeymoon for the new administration, but we were astonished when, at the press conference commemorating his 100 days in office last week, he made no mention of the administrative void in our local government councils.
“This shows that the governor has not made Local Government administration a top priority,” the statement read.
The Cross River State IPAC pointed out that the governor should set a good example as a former member of Congress.
The group made a public statement saying state residents will no longer put up with the imposition of illegitimate mayors or other municipal leaders.
The Cross River IPAC claims that some states have already held their local council elections, while others are preparing to do so.
In addition, Taraba State, which also recently elected a new governor, plans to hold local elections on November 18, 2023.
The procedure was initiated about the same time in these states as it was in Cross River State. Because government exists on a continuous scale, these states are holding elections that had been put off for some time.
In light of the foregoing, we are writing to urge the governor of Cross River State to direct the Cross River State Independent Electoral Commission (CROSIEC) to resume its duties without further delay. The people of Cross River State can no longer accept the unjust and unconstitutional imposition of HOLGA.