An entirely new twist was yesterday added to the fate of the 27 council chairmen in Imo State, as Governor Rochas Okorocha declared that their tenure ends today.
The Governor who spoke in Abuja yesterday described the ex-parte order obtained by the embattled council chairmen as an attempt to seek an elongation of their tenure having been sworn into office on August 9, 2010, for a two-year tenure.
Meanwhile, despite the rumour of threats by the State government of dissolving the council chairmen in the state today on the claims that their tenure expires in August 8, the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) in the state has called it a bluff.
LEADERSHIP also reports that the state chairman of the association, Mrs Ruby Emele stressed that their tenure will run till 2013.
After the completion of their tenure, she further stressed, the council chairmen would have to stay another 13 months as a compensation for the days lost during the litigation battle in court.