Governor Olusegun Mimiko decided not to conduct local government elections in his first term of administration.
The Ondo State House of Assembly has extended, by an additional three months, the tenure of caretaker Chairmen in all the eighteen local government areas of the state.
The lawmakers at an emergency sitting in Akure, the state capital, on Thursday, extended the tenure of the caretaker chairmen whose tenure would have expired on Thursday.
This is the second time the tenure of the caretaker chairmen will be extended in two years.
A member of the House of Assembly, Akindele Adeniyi, said the lawmakers unanimously took the decision because there is no need to create a vacuum at the council level.
He said the decision to extend the tenure of the caretaker chairmen was carried out in the interest of the people of the state.
“Contrary to people’s notion, we decided to extend the tenure of the caretaker Chairmen because there must not be a vacuum.
“The house unilaterally extends their tenure in the best interest of the people of Ondo state,” Mr. Adeniyi said.
Governor Olusegun Mimiko did not conduct local government elections in his first term due to protracted legal battle.
The decision of the Governor, after the legal battle, attracted scathing criticisms from observers who have been roundly condemned by opposition parties.