Court Declares 33 Ondo LCDAs Created By Akeredolu Illegal

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

Ondo state high court ruling has thrown the legality of Ondo State’s newly created Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) into question.  Justice A.O Adebusuoye ruled that the LCDAs, established in September 2023 by Governor Akeredolu, were not created according to proper legal procedures.

The LCDAs were formed after a bill passed by the state House of Assembly.  Previously, Ondo state had 18 Local Government Areas (LGAs).  The addition of the LCDAs brought the total to 51.  However, the court’s decision casts doubt on the future of these new entities.

Akeredolu was a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), ex-president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), and ex-Attorney General of Ondo State.

He governed Ondo from February 24, 2017 till his unfortunate death on December 27, 2023. His deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, was immediately sworn in as governor.

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