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DELTA STATE: AN EXAMPLE OF THE ANARCHIST, DICTATORIAL AND TOTALITARIAN TENDENCIES OF NIGERIAN GOVERNORS By Stephen Dieseruvwe

May 11, 2012

I will start by first culling definitions of the above forms of government exhibited by some of our governors:
1. Anarchy – a condition of lawlessness or political disorder brought about by the absence of governmental authority.
2. Dictatorship – a form of government in which a ruler or small clique wield absolute power (not restricted by a constitution or laws). Also, a system in which the citizens do not possess the right to choose their own leaders.
3. Totalitarian – a government that seeks to subordinate the individual to the state by controlling not only all political and economic matters, but also the attitudes, values, and beliefs of its population.

We claim to be running a democracy in Nigeria, one definition of democracy is “…..a form of government in which the supreme power is retained by the people, but which is usually exercised indirectly through a system of representation and delegated authority periodically renewed.” Section 1(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria states “…This Constitution is supreme and its provisions shall have binding force on the authorities and persons throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria.” This provision should underpin the actions of “elected” Governors, and if that be the case, why do our Governors blatantly undermine the provisions of our constititution with impunity, callousness and arrogance.

On the issue of Local Government Councils, Section 7(1) of our Constitution is explicit and states “…The system of local government by democratically elected local government councils is under this Constitution guaranteed; and accordingly, the Government of every State shall, subject to section 8 of this Constitution, ensure their existence under a Law which provides for the establishment, structure, composition, finance and functions of such councils.”

From the above, LGCs are supposed to be democratically elected. Why then is Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan bent on setting up UNDEMOCRATIC CARETAKER COMMITTEES, with the sole aim of settling his political cronies? Why is the Federal Government conniving with some States to subvert the constitution, by releasing LGA funds to such States that do not have elected councils? This anormaly should be addressed. The LGA is the third-tier of government in our Federal System as allowed for in our constititution and until LGCs are seen as such, our Federal System can only be seen and considered as a charade. LGCs are the closest tier of government to the people (grassroot) and until we put in place effective and viable LGCs, holistic developmental achievements would be unattainable or far-fetched.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Festus Eghwrudje permalink
    May 12, 2012 06:52

    PDP has never exhibited any democratic tendencies either in the past or present and will not even in the future. Except we are delivered from the monster called PDP, I am afraid what we will be having would be dictatorial government. This is largely because, PDP is home for all area boys, area fathers, INEC, the judiciary, etc. etc.

  2. Doghor Otite Mudiaga permalink
    July 28, 2012 09:38

    The Dr Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan administration have brought so many development in so many rural communities,e.g Boboroku Jesse,such as provision of healthcare centre which is under construction,a project on MDGS.My dear Deltans lets work together and support uduaghan’s administration,for the betterment of our state Delta.Prominent leaders such as Hon Micheal Diden and Hon Boyi Ebosa are empowering youths in the area of sapele,We should pray for them.

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