In a twist to an earlier “no tenure extension” promise by the Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the tenure of caretaker chairmen for the 33 local governments in the state is set to be renewed for another three months.
Ajimobi had, last week, forwarded a letter of renewal to the state House of Assembly, asking their approval of the continued use of caretaker chairmen for the running of the local governments, following the expiration of the tenure of the chairmen on July 7, 2016.
The request was said to prevent a void in local government administration till the promised conduct of local government election by September.
The House of Assembly, especially the House’s Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, would, this week, attend to Ajimobi’s request.
The development was straddled between the state governor’s constitution of the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) for the conduct of local government elections by September and his vow not to extend the tenure of the caretaker chairmen.
Ajimobi, at the inauguration of the caretaker chairmen on March 7, 2016 had said, “There would be no extension for Local Government Chairmen. After four months, we will go for elections unfailingly. We should run government as an effective organisation and our product is quality service. We must establish a strong foundation for our repositioning agenda. Anyone who fails will be kicked out. I will not allow anyone to fail this administration.”
While swearing in the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) on June 17, 2016 with a 90 days mandate to conduct elections in September, Ajimobi said, “The conduct of council polls has left the realm of conjecture for reality.
Parties should set machinery in motion and brace up for the council election to hold in September 2016. I assure all parties of transparency and credibility of the election.”
Meanwhile, OYSIEC has so far been quiet on guidelines for the local government elections.