Awka, July 29, 2013 (NAN) A gubernatorial aspirant in Anambra, Emmanuel Nweke, has lauded the House of Representatives for voting in favour of local government autonomy in the constitution amendment.
Nweke, who is aspiring on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), made the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka on Monday.
According to him, the lower chamber has once again demonstrated strength and character as the true representatives of the masses.
"The autonomy of the local government is a prerequisite for real development at the grassroots," he said.
The aspirant urged state governors to support the autonomy, adding that it would ensure the sustenance of democracy in the country.
"LG autonomy is the only way to true development at the grassroots, which was the major reason for creating the third tier of government.
"There should not be a second thought to granting full autonomy to the councils. The house position is very commendable. I stand behind them solidly. People should be thinking about strengthening the democratic process.
“Our interest should be to elect credible candidates to pilot the affairs of the councils at that level. They should be people with high integrity and of impeccable character,'' he said.
On the impending council polls in Anambra, Nweke complained that the time frame was short.
He maintained that council election was a serious business that could not be planned and executed in six months as it would not give the masses enough time to evaluate the aspirants.
The aspirant stressed the need to focus more attention on the gubernatorial election holding in November rather than the council polls.