Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has said that plans are in top gear to conduct the long-awaited local government election in the state in March 2022.
Masari made the declaration at the state government house on Tuesday while entertaining questions from journalists.
According to the Governor, “70 percent of what is required to conduct the election is available on ground and we hope to conduct the election first quarter of next year.”
The last time the council poll was held in the state was over six years ago during Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, led administration.
Recall that the Masari-led administration on assumption of office in 2015 dissolved the council officials they met on ground for alleged misappropriation of public funds.
In his reaction to why the local government election has not been held for so long a time, Governor Masari pointed an accusing finger at the PDP for instituting legal action against the state government for dissolving the local government officials which as a result, the government cannot conduct election with the pending case in court.
However, the apex court in its ruling earlier this year, ordered the state government to pay the dissolved officials their entitlements but did not give order for their reinstatement.
Masari said a committee under the chairmanship of Masari’s Chief of Staff, Muntari Lawal has been assigned as to oversee the election and he is to collaborate with other stakeholders for the success of the election come March 2022.