Hey there, middle schoolers! Today, we’re going to talk about something happening in Cross River State. The Inter-Party Advisory Council, also known as IPAC, has given Governor Bassey Otu a deadline of 90 days to conduct the Local Government Elections in the state. Let’s find out more!
In May 2022, the state government started the process of conducting local council polls. But guess what? The elections got postponed because of the general elections that took place in February and March 2023. The last date announced for the local government elections was October 21, 2023.
IPAC, the organization that represents different political parties in Cross River State, is worried. They noticed that Governor Otu didn’t mention anything about the scheduled local council elections in a recent public address to mark his 100 days in office. This made IPAC concerned about the situation.
IPAC’s chairman and secretary, Comrade Anthony Attah and Pastor Ntami Esege, respectively, said that the people of the state can’t tolerate the appointment of illegal heads of local government administration anymore. They want the elections to happen as soon as possible.
IPAC also pointed out that some other states in the country have already finished their local council elections, while others are preparing to conduct theirs. They mentioned Taraba State, which has a new governor just like Cross River State. Taraba State has scheduled its Local Government election for November 18, 2023.
IPAC believes that these states are able to conduct their elections because the government is a continuum, meaning that the new government continues the work of the previous government.