October 27, 2014 – The Lagos State Government has ordered council chairmen in all the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas,( LCDAs) in Lagos to handover to their respective Council Managers.
The Lagos State Government gave the order following expiration of their three years tenure. In a statement, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Aderemi Ibirogba said the three-year statutory tenure of all LG Chairmen and Councilors in Lagos State has expired , adding that they are expected to vacate office today(Tuesday).
“Consequently, all affected officials, including supervisors, council secretaries and other political appointees are legally required to vacate their offices at close of business today.
“Chairmen are hereby directed to co-ordinate the exercise and hand over to the Council Managers in their respective Local Governments who will take charge of the administration until further notice,” he said.
Ibirogba’s statement did not include when the next local government elections would be conducted by the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC), but said the relevant body would conduct election upon completion of the continuous voter registration, ward re-delineation and polling booth re-distribution exercise embarked upon by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
We gathered that all the chairmen have begun to vacate their offices in line with the constitution.
There are reports that some of the chairmen have started lobbying to be made temporal heads of their councils pending when local government elections will be conducted.