Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has attributed the failure to conduct local government election in the State to series of litigations instituted by former Local Government Chairmen and Councilors whose elections were dissolved in 2011. He promised that Local Government election in the State would be held before the end of October 2017.
The Governor, who was speaking at a media forum in Owerri advocated the adoption of consensus candidates to reduce corruption arising from high cost of electioneering. Governor Okorocha said government had sent a bill on the extension of tenure of elected local government officials from 2 to 3 years to the State Assembly. He expressed the view that the 3 year tenure would afford Local Government Chairmen and Councilors more time to make meaningful impact in office.
It could be recalled that elected officials into the 27 local government areas of Imo State were dissolved by Governor Okorocha on assumption of office in 2011 due to alleged irregularities in the conduct of the polls.