Thursday, February 07, 2008



Chairmanship elections for the 34 local government councils in KT are round the corner but with daggers drawn for the primaries. Contestants from various parties are jostling to clinch their parties' nominations. In the PDP (the ruling party), the bad blood created in selecting the candidates to contest is threatening to split the party. Three caretaker chairmen were jettisoned while the rest were given the party ticket to contest. These decisions were critisized as undemocratic and reported by Daily Trust newspaper here.
Here is what appears to be at stake: an elected chairman would be at liberty to use an average of about 40 million Naira every month the way he wants. Naturally this kind of money comes in handy and ready to be pilfered for personal instead of peoples' oriented projects.

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