Saturday, October 18, 2014 3:17 pm
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has sacked chairmen of the 35 local government areas including Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) caretaker administrations. He ahs also dissolved all boards of government agencies and parastatals.
Mr Idowu Adelusi,the governor’s chief press secretary announced today.
In a statement, Adelusi said all the 35 council chairmen along with their secretaries and other members of caretaker committees have been relieved of their appointments.
It stated that Gov. Ayo Fayose had approved the immediate dissolution of all the councils.
The statement also ordered the immediate dissolution of all boards of parastatals, agencies and commissions.
The 35 local government areas involved were those of the original 16 and the 19 LCDAs in the state.
The statement directed all the affected caretaker chairmen to immediately hand over to the directors of administration in their respective council areas.
The caretaker chairmen were in control of the 16 council areas throughout the four year tenure of the immediate past governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, since the latter failed to conduct any local council poll.
The former governor also appointed caretaker committees for the 19 newly created LCDAs few days after the June 21 gubernatorial poll which he lost.
Fayemi attempted to hold council election in the 16 councils on Feb. 4, 2011, but was halted by the state High Court ruling following a suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
The PDP had alleged that some of the members of the State Independent Electoral Commission were card carrying members of the then ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Fayose, at his inaugural speech on Thursday in Ado Ekiti, vowed not to recognise any illegal creation made by the immediate past administration.
He also promised not to uphold appointments and promotions, such as the appointment of eight new permanent secretaries, carried out after the former governor lost the gubernatorial election in June.
“Section 7 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended clearly spells the authorities and procedures for the creation of local government.