By Our Correspondent
The Convener of the YesWeFit Revolutionary Movement, Dr Wilson Thomas-Ikubese has advocated constitutional roles for Deputy Governors in Nigeria saying governors are at liberty to either render the deputy governors non-functional or function at his own discretion.
Dr Ikubese who was a former Presidential Aspirant made the advocacy while featuring on a TVC News live current affairs program on Monday, tagged ‘beyond 100 days’.
Speaking on the delay in the appointment of Deputy Governor to the Governor of Ondo State, Hon Lucky Aiyedatiwa, Ikubese said the delay in naming his Deputy might have been caused by the recent political exigency in the state.
While urging the Governor to appoint his Deputy as soon as possible, he stated that there is no time limit stipulated in the constitution as when a deputy governor should be appointed mostly in the current situation in Ondo State where Aiyedatiwa became governor following the demise of his boss.
Ikubese who faulted lack of lawful roles for ‘the office of the state Deputy Governor’, noted that there is no constitutional time limit for Aiyedatiwa or governors in the country to appoint deputy governor.
“Going by the constitution, it’s meant to be a joint ticket by way of election. but in special situations like this where there’s a demise of the governor, and the deputy takes over. there’s no time limit as to when he (Aiyedatiwa) should appoint a deputy governor.”
While citing section 193 of the Nigerian 1999 constitution (as amended), Ikubese added that not only is the governor not bound by any time frame to appoint his deputy, he said the deputy governor doesn’t have any assigned role in government, different from whatever role the governor decides to give to him.
He added that the state cannot be said to be missing the deputy governor because whoever will eventually occupy the office will have no constitutional functions.
“According to section 193 of the constitution, the way the role of the deputy governor is prescribed is alongside that of the commissioners. In other words, even if there’s no deputy governor, the governor can assign his role to any commission because there’s no role specified for the deputy governor in Nigeria. And that’s why I have always advocated that we should have a constitutional role for the deputy governor,” Ikubese said.
The YesWeFit Convener further advised the governor to appoint a Likemind person who shares his vision, loyal and belong to his school of thought as Deputy.