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Why LG Poll Cannot Hold In Kwara Now—APC

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By Usman Aliyu
Ilorin –   The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara says the conduct of    the local government  election  will  be determined by an  improvement in the state’s economy.

Alhaji Ishola Balogun-Fulani, the Chairman of the party in the state,  told newsmen in Ilorin on Monday that the state had  no funds to  conduct the election now.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the party’s position was coming on the heels of calls  for the release of timetable for the   poll.

Balogun-Fulani  said  the Kwara State Independent Electoral Commission  (KWASIEC)  and the state House of Assembly,   which  have  the power to the fix date for the poll,  had yet  to address stakeholders on this.

He condemned  those calling for the release of  an election timetable, , describing  this  as ill conceived.

The party chieftain also  cautioned those  comparing KWASIEC  with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), saying   both institutions  have  different mandates.

“People cannot arm twist  the state electoral body to release schedule for the LG poll as INEC has its reason for releasing the 2019 general elections timetable in the first place.

“The state is passing through economic challenges as a result of the current recession and the situation has to improve before the election holds.

“Power and directive lie  in the province of the House of Assembly, they will have to tell us when and how.

“Also, election cannot hold when the economy of the state has not improved. I think it is expedient to rather be discussing this when the state’s  economy is at least stable,’’  he said.

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