The Senate has requested that the Federal Government withhold statutory allocations to any local government councils that were not properly elected.
The upper chamber unanimously agreed that this action would dissuade any state governor’s totalitarian aspirations.
This resolution follows Sen. Abba Moro’s motion on the urgent need to halt the erosion of democracy and the dissolution of elected councils in Benue State.
The MPs contended that the use of caretaker committees to replace elected councils is an anomaly, undemocratic, and a violation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s (as amended) constitution.
Senator Victor Umeh (representing Anambra Senatorial District), who seconded the resolution, expressed regret that the issue has continued to damage Nigeria’s local government system.
As a result, the Senate denounced the arbitrary dissolution of democratically elected local government councils in Benue and other federation states.
They urged Benue State Governor Hyacinth Alia to uphold his oath of office, review the constitution of caretaker committees, and reinstate the elected councils.
The Senate discussion on the merits and general principles of the 2024 appropriation bill continues.