Rivers: Go home, your tenure has ended, Asari tells LG chairmen

An advocate of resource control and good governance in the Niger Delta region, Muhajid Asari Dokubo, has advised former chairmen of the 23 local government areas in Rivers state to accept the end of their three years’ tenure in good faith, and resist creating crisis. 

Speaking while flanked by stakeholders of the Muslim community in Rivers state as part of activities to mark the 2024 Eid-el-Kabir celebrations, in Port Harcourt Monday, Asari Dokubo, said tenure elongation is an aberration to the constitution of Nigeria.

He stated that the former chairmen, whose tenure expired on 17th June, 2024, cannot force on themselves any extension of time that runs contrary to the oath of office they swore to, and be tolerated.

Asari Dokubo, who is also the Edi Abali of Kalabari land, warned the former chairmen not to invite the wrath of, what he called, the “people’s power”, because it will descend on them to their dismay.

He said, “Local government tenure has expired today (17th June, 2024). They should quietly go home. If they want to seek re-election in accordance with the constitution, they should go and seek re-election.”