Aiyedatiwa orders Ondo council chairmen to vacate office

ONDO State Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa has ordered caretaker chairmen in the 18 local government areas (LGA) and 33 local council development areas (LCDAs) in the state to vacate office.

This was contained in a memo by the state government dated January 2.

“It has come to the notice of the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs that despite the suspension of all recently appointed caretaker committee members for local government areas (LGAs) and local council development areas (LCDAs) in the state by a court of competent jurisdiction, some individuals in these former positions are still parading themselves in the posts.

“Consequently, I have been directed to request the heads of local government administration (HOLGAs) in all the LGAs/LCDAs to immediately assume responsibility as head of their respective local government areas/LCDAs in acting capacity pending the resolution of all legal matters relating to this subject,” the memo party read.

The HOLGAs were also directed to retrieve properties of the LGAs/LCDAs from the chairmen with immediate effect.






     

     

    Before the death of the immediate past governor of the state, Rotimi Akeredolu, Aiyedatiwa, who had been serving in acting capacity, sacked the chairmen on the basis that their tenures had expired.

    He conveyed this in a statement on August 3, asking both chairmen and councillors to hand over the administration of the LGAs.

    The chairmen and councillors, however, defied the orders and have remained in office since then.

    In September, the state House of Assembly condemned the chairmen’s insistence to remain in office and described any further delay in vacating office as “a deliberate attempt to undermine the authority of the state government,” which they vowed would be treated as a grave infraction.

    Ijeoma Opara is a journalist with The ICIR. Reach her via [email protected] or @ije_le on Twitter.

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