Nwagwu said that the quest for the control of the local government resources by governors had remained a major factor militating against conducting free, fair and credible election in many states of the federation.
He said that the survival of the country’s democracy and development largely depended on the efficiency and effectiveness of the local government system in the country.
“So long as State/Local Government Join Account continues to exist, governors will keep on manipulating local government election to ensure that their stooges have control of the councils,” Nwagwu said.
He said that the existing local government system could not satisfy the yearnings and aspirations of the grassroots, as the finances of this tier go into joint accounts.
Echezona urged SIECs to live up to their responsibilities as election management bodies by conducting transparent local government election that would enhance citizen’s confidence on the commission.
He said that the financial autonomy for local government councils was the only way to ensuring credible election at the grassroots.