Tenure of 23 Local Government Chairmen in Rivers State Ends

Tenure of 23 Local Government Chairmen in Rivers State Ends

The tenure of the 23 Local Government Chairmen in Rivers State ends today.
There are indications some of the chairmen plan to comply with the recently amended local government law, passed by the Martin Amaewhule-led Assembly.
Recall that the law extends their tenure by six months if the Governor does not conduct local government elections. But, Justice D.G. Kio of the State High Court nullified the law, saying it was inconsistent with the 1999 Constitution and the Rivers State Law No. 5 of 2018, which fixed the tenure of Rivers Council chairmen and councillors at three years. Justice Kio had ruled that any attempt to extend their tenure was unlawful and a violation of their oath of office.
However, the Chairman of Emohua Local Government area, Chidi Lloyd, announced that his administration will start distributing machetes and files to farmers across the 14 wards beginning tomorrow at the council secretariat.
Recall that the chairman of Ikwerre Local Government, Samuel Nwanosike had said that he stands by the local government’s amended law.

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