Local government chairmen across the country have hailed All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima, for creating local government directorate in the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) of the APC.
They described the action as historic and a masterstroke.
The council bosses said having a directorate for local government in the PCC was a laudable initiative.
The APC PCC list included local government directorate among other directorates with the inclusion of local governments’ practitioners as director, deputy director and secretary.
The Chairman of Bariga Local Council Development Area in Lagos State, Kolade David Alabi, was named director, his counterparts at Lafia Local Government, Nasarawa State and Dutse Local Government, Jigawa State, Aminu Muazu Maitafa and Bala Usman Chamo were appointed as deputy director and secretary.
A statement by Alhaji Aliyu Usman from Gombe State and Bode Adetunji from Ekiti State, on behalf of other council chairmen, described APC as a party with good intention for local government administration.
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The duo said: “In a communiqué issued at the end of the 32nd National Executive Council (NEC) Meeting of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), held on September 1 in Lokoja, Kogi State, it was stated that ‘with respect to the 2023 general election, ALGON will support and give its commitment to any presidential candidate that is committed to the actualisation of full local government autonomy.’”
The APC, they said, had displayed a commitment to their cause.
“No doubt, the ruling party has once again demonstrated its love and determination to ensure the growth of local government administration in the country.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has since the inception of his administration not hidden his feelings to see that the local government administration in the country gets its rightful place through moves to make them truly autonomous.
“We are assuring the APC Presidential Campaign Council led by President Buhari and the party’s standard-bearer, Asiwaju Tinubu and Senator Shettima of our resolve to mobilise local governments across the country to ensure APC wins the presidential election,” the duo said.