Kaduna governor El-Rufai to swear in elected chairmen of 19 councils

Nasir El-Eufai [Photo Credit: The Whistler]
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Eufai [Photo Credit: The Whistler]

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai will swear-in the newly elected chairmen of the 19 elected local government councils on Tuesday.

The state government announced this on Monday through a statement by the governor’s spokesperson, Samuel Aruwan.

It said caretaker committee chairmen had been appointed for the four local government councils where elections were inconclusive or subject to litigation.

The state last month conducted elections into its 23 local governments, but some of the polls were inconclusive.

According to the statement, the caretaker executive committees will also be sworn in on Tuesday and serve pending the conclusion of consultations with the State House of Assembly.

“The government introduced electronic voting, at considerable public expense, to further enhance election integrity at the local level. Despite this, people that did not want votes to count took deliberate actions to mar or prevent elections in four local government areas.

“There is ongoing litigation on some of the results, while elections did not hold at all in Kaura Local Government. A vacuum in local governance cannot be permitted while these issues are being addressed.

“Pending the conclusion of consultations with the Kaduna State House of Assembly on the necessary legislative actions to enable expeditious compliance with Section 7(1) of the Constitution with respect to the four local governments without elected chairmen, the state government is appointing caretaker executive committees to handle the affairs of Chikun, Jaba, Kajuru and Kaura local government areas.”

The statement named those appointed as chairmen of the caretaker executive committees. They are Hadiza Yahuza (Chikun), Felicia Kyomsom (Kajuru), Bege Katuka (Kaura) and Hadiza Usman Muazu (Jaba​​). The four councils are in the southern district of the state.

“The councillors that were elected in eight of the wards in Chikun LGA will also be sworn-in to constitute the legislative arm of the council as prescribed by the law, and they will work with the caretaker executive committee for the Council,” the statement said.

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