Governor Fubara Asserts No Constitutional Provision For Tenure Extension for LG Chairmen in Rivers State


Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State has unequivocally stated that the 1999 Nigerian Constitution, as amended, does not provide for the extension of tenure for elected Local Government Chairmen.

Addressing journalists after a security council meeting with heads of security agencies in Port Harcourt, Fubara highlighted the legal clarity on the issue, emphasizing that the law explicitly states the duration of local government tenures.

“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,” Fubara asserted.

The governor convened the security council meeting in response to tensions arising from the expiration of the local government chairmen’s tenure. He assured that his administration would ensure peace and order in the state while safeguarding supporters who stand for truth and legality.

In a state broadcast on Tuesday, Fubara directed heads of administration in the 23 local government areas to assume leadership following the expiration of the council chairmen’s three-year term. This decision, he noted, aligns with constitutional provisions and the imperative to maintain peace.

Fubara expressed gratitude to the media and the peace-loving citizens of Rivers State for their support, urging continued adherence to the law for the state’s unity and progress.

In a related development, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Grace Iringe-Koko, confirmed that two individuals were killed during a clash in Omuma LGA. The fatalities included a police officer and a vigilante. The clash reportedly occurred between supporters of opposing political groups over the tenure issue.

“The police have now occupied the council secretariats to prevent further violence,” Iringe-Koko stated. “Conventional and anti-riot police officers have been deployed to secure these facilities.”

Iringe-Koko urged all residents and visitors to remain law-abiding and assured that the police would impose the full weight of the law on anyone causing unrest. She also reassured the public of the police’s commitment to protecting lives and property.

The police continue to investigate the incident and are working to bring the perpetrators to justice.

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