19 April 2021 By Mathew Ayoola
Natives of the Federal Capital Territory say arrangements have been concluded to conduct an election to elect a Mayor for the FCT to represent the natives.
The initiative which was conceived by the Abuja Original Inhabitant Youths Empowerment Organization, AOIEYEO, will serve as a bridge that would connect the people to government, politically elected office holders and ensure that their plight were addressed whenever the need arises.
The President of the Organization, Commandant Issac David who made this known at a news conference in Abuja said the Mayor would be a non-partisan office, where, despite the individual party affiliations, the candidates would not be selected by any party or represented by any political party on the ballot paper.
While enumerating the duties of the expected Mayor, Commandant Issac David said to lead the affairs of the people of FCT, the appointed Mayor is expected to leave his or her political party structure and focus on the needs and expectations of residents of the FCT.
“Mayoral candidates would also be required to have been resident in the city of Abuja for at least 10 years.
“The FCT Mayor when elected, will select representatives across communities within the FCT, who would furnish him with information concerning the communities, youth demands, security challenges and other demands who shall relay same to government through the FCT Minister” he stated
According to him, information and dividends of governance will also be relayed through this channel from the government to the Mayor and down to the citizens for implementation.
“We believe that if this election is conducted and the right people, which are the Mayor and 62 Councillors of the FCT, are elected into offices, it will also go a long way to curbing crimes and other social vices in the FCT, because it would help in engaging more youths positively when the opportunities arise,” the President explained
He pointed out that the election of Mayor of FCT was not to revolt against the government in power, but to assist the government in alleviating the plight of the people of FCT.
“The process of the election into the office of Mayor of FCT will be indirect election, and will be conducted by 20 delegates including Community Chiefs and Emirs representing the Six Area Councils of Abaji, Kuje, Kwali, Gwagwalada, Bwari and AMAC ” Commandant David stressed