• Says anti-government policies retrogressive

BY AHMED TUKUR, LAFIA – A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa state, Iliya Aliyu has cautioned the State House of Assembly to desist from passing resolutions capable of setting the electorates against the government.

Specifically, Aliyu described as ‘uncalled for’ the State Assembly’s resolution urging the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) to fast track preparations for the conduct of local government councils’ elections.

The State House of Assembly recently passed a resolution urging the Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission (NAISEC) to commence preparations for the polls with the tenure of present executive expiring in May 2021.

Speaking with newsmen in Lafia, Aliyu, who contested for House of Representatives elections in the 2019 general elections, said the resolution is capable of portraying the state government in bad light at a time frantic efforts are being made to meet the people’s yearnings and aspirations.

He cautioned the Assembly against policies that will be seen as strangulating and disrupting efforts by the APC government to ensure sustainable economic growth in the state.

“Until the present elected local government officials’ tenure expires, elections are not immediate and the Assembly can make necessary observations and laws to that effect”, the party stakeholder said.

He said the constitution has explained the functions of every arm of government and made it very explicit for the understanding of everybody.

‘Every arm of government is expected to function within its scope to avoid unnecessary anxiety”, Aliyu said

According to him, as enshrined in the constitution, it is not within the Assembly’s purview to conduct election and as such the lawmakers should avoid raising unnecessary alarm in the State.

“Conducting election is an exclusive right and preserve of the executive arm, so it’s premature for the Assembly to be making such resolutions”, he said.

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