The Peoples Democratic Party in Edo state has stated that Governor Adams Oshiomhole illegally extended the tenure of local government chairmen in the state.
In a statement issued by Chris Osa Nehikhare, PDP publicity secretary in the state the extension constitute an illegal caretaker committee.
“You will recall that on March 24 2016, Edo PDP issued its first in a series of statements calling on Governor Adams Oshiomhole not to illegally extend the tenure of the council chairmen in the state.
“Today, the Edo State House of Assembly has passed a resolution and directed the council chairmen to prepare their handover notes and that they should handover on the 21st of April, 2016 to the HOS in the councils.
This has become imperative as the members of EDHA and the peace loving people of Edo State saw no sign of the state government led by Governor Adams Oshiomhole preparing for elections that would lead to democratically elected council chairmen and councillors in the various councils.
“With the order for the council chairmen to handover to the council HOS, it is clear that EDHA wants to be on the right side of the law as the issues of illegally extending the tenure of council chairmen and handing over to an illegal transition or caretaker committee are laid to rest. We use this opportunity to advice the governor to shred the list of caretaker committee members which he had unilaterally prepared.
“As a party, we have consistently warned against tenure elongation and imposition of caretaker committees for the local government councils. We believe that the local government councils should be run by democratically elected officials for the period for which they were elected.”