Court declares 33 LCDAs created by Akeredolu illegal


• PDP’s candidate, Ajayi, condemns ruling
• Akoko leaders say judgment true position of law

An Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure, the state capital, has declared that the creation of the 33 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) by the late Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu is unconstitutional and illegal.

According to the presiding judge, Justice A.O. Adebusuoye, the LCDAs were not lawfully created.

Akeredolu had in September 2023, signed the bill establishing the LCDAs into law a day after his return from a three-month medical leave after it was passed by the state’s House of Assembly on August 15, 2023.

The newly-created LCDAs co-exist with the 18 local councils in the state, bringing the total to 51.

The judge held that it is illegal for a governor to sign a law outside the state he or she governs.

Meanwhile, counsel to the 22 plaintiffs, Tolu Babaleye, while addressing journalists after the court session, said the court held that the…

Source: Guardian Newspaper