Ahead of the composition of the State Independent Electoral Commission and yet to be announced date for Kogi State Council Election, the official declaration to contest the Ijumu Council election by Hon. Taofiq Isah, yesterday, has been described as an attempt to over heat up the polity.
Recalled that Hon. Taofiq Isah, Ijumu Council Administrator and Chairman of ALGON in Kogi State at the official commissioning of the newly rehabilitated Executive Council Hall, yesterday at Iyara, was said to have officially declared to contest for the forthcoming council election.
His declaration followed the endorsement by several youths and women groups, as well as the traditional rulers of the area, at the Commissioning ceremony, asking him to contest for the plum position of the council seat, an office he has administered for four years as administrator, has generated mixed feelings.
In a swift reaction and in a chat with newsmen, Shauibu Ipinmisho, a Chairmanship aspirant on the platform of the APC described the declaration as a brazen display of official arrogance, said his interest as a sitting administrator and the ALGON Chairman, is setting a wrong precedence.
He lamented that while the SIEC is yet to be constituted, with no date fixed for election, and ban yet to lifted for campaign, wondered why the person in the caliber of the ALGON Chairman would brazenly jump the gun and attempt to over heat the polity.
He called on the authorities concerned to call the Administrator to order, as he would be setting a wrong precedence, and in worst case scenario, over heat the polity, if his posture of been above the law is allowed to go unnoticed.
Similarly, another political stakeholder in Ijumu LGA, Babatunde James Tope, said the Administrator’s declaration is a clear indication that those who ought to be lawmakers, have become law breakers, said it is an affront, most especially when the Administrator, was said to have allegedly pride himself to be the choice candidate of the powers that be.
Babatunde said if not checked and called to order, the action of the Administrator may mean that, a level playing field would not be created, thus leading violence and over heating of the polity before and during the council election.
Also speaking, Ijumu concerned Peoples Movement, a Socio Cultural Association, has called on Gov. Bello to call the council Administrator to order, insisting that the area has a zoning arrangement.
The group in a statement while reacting to the declaration said that the area has enjoyed peace, said any attempt to twart the areas zoning arrangement would not augur well for the people, pointing out that his declaration is an affront on the people’s Political arrangement.
Aside the statement by his media aide, Othman Hamidu, announcing the official declaration of his boss to run for the Council exalted office on his face book page, efforts to speak him and with Hon. Taofiq Isah on the peoples reaction provide difficult as they could not be reached.