The House of Representatives has declared as illegal, the constitution of local government caretaker committees with seemingly interminable tenures in 25 of the 36 states of the federation.
Accordingly, the House has warned that affected governors must as a matter of urgency conduct elections into the affected councils.
Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Bornu, Delta, Edo, Ekiti, Gombe, Imo, Kano and Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Nasarawa, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Yobe and Zamfara are the affected states.
In a resolution Thursday that followed a motion sponsored by Hon. Friday Itulah (Edo/PDP), the House agreed that the caretaker system of governance is alien and unknown to the Nigerian 1999 Constitution (as amended). “State governments have been breaching Section 7 (1) of the constitution,” he said. “If this exercise by state governments is not checked, it may bring the country to a lawless state.”
Attempts by some lawmakers to get the House order for the suspension of monthly allocations to the affected local governments was rejected, as Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha, read a notice from the chairman, Committee on Business and Rules, Sam Tsokwa, of an existing Supreme Court ruling on the matter.