Controversy Over Lagos State Chairmanship Election in 2021

As the tenure of the 20 Local Governments Chairmen, and 37 Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs in Lagos State elapsed in a few months time, there is controversy over Local Government elections holding this year.

The tenure of the incumbent Chairmen and Local Council Development Areas who assumed office in 2017 comes to an end in the next four months.

According to the source, he disclosed to our reporter that Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu have started consulting with leaders of All Progressive Party (APC), the State House of Assembly and the National Leader and former governor of the state, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, whether to appoint a five-man committee, consisting of an Executive Secretary and four supervisors or Sole Administrators to man the councils for the next 12 months.

According to this arrangement made by the Lagos state government, the hope of new aspirants and the one seeking for second term has been dashed has the majority of them have started underground campaign.

While commenting one of the incumbent Chairmen stated that the majority of those chairmen who have spent two terms in office are aware of their tenure coming to an end, and they are already clearing their desk not to be caught unaware, while those who are seeking for a second term are thinking of how they will get back to office if the election eventually take place.

It was reported that the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) has restated its preparedness to conduct elections at the councils, despite the State Government did not make any provisional fund available in the 2021 budget to consummate that kind of arrangement.

The source noted that, Lagos state government did not make provision for the conduct of the local government elections in the 2021 budget following the Covid-19 rampage, and End SARS protest which lead to destruction of public properties worth billions of naira.

He further disclosed that Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu is trying to rebuild the destroyed public properties, which indicate that the possibility of having elections at the local government level is very slim.

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