Rivers: 1999 constitution has no provision for elongation of LGA chairmen tenure – Fubara

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The 1999 Nigerian Constitution, according to Rivers State Governor Sim Fubara, does not allow elected local government chairmen to extend their terms.

This declaration follows the governor’s directive for the elected council chairmen, whose three-year term ended on Monday, to hand over to the heads of administration in the 23 local government districts.

This order was given by Fubara on Tuesday in Port Harcourt during a state broadcast.

Speaking to reporters in Port Harcourt, Fubara stated that the decision intends to maintain peace and order in the state and is in line with the requirements of the constitution.

In his opinion, “We will fearlessly lead the way to ensure that peace continues to prevail in the state while protecting all patriotic supporters for their stand on the path of truth.

“The law on local government tenure is unambiguous. The court clearly affirmed the position of the law.

“The law is the law; there is no extension of the local government’s tenure in it. The court says so.”

In addition to pledging to defend his followers, the governor said he would oppose any “big plan to arrest” them.

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