Local Government Elections

Local government is the third tier of government in Nigeria. It exists as a single tier across all states. Section 7(1) of the 1999 Constitution guarantees a system of local government run by democratically elected councils. The Constitution requires all states to enact legislation providing for the establishment, structure, composition, finance and functions of local government councils. The tenure of local council elected officials differ across states in Nigeria because it is determined by each state government. The state governments also have the power to determine when election local government elections are conducted.

Each of the states has enacted its own legislation. While core functions of local government are defined in the 4th Schedule of the Constitution, individual states may augment their responsibilities through legislation.

Local Government Elections in Nigeria (as of June 27, 2019)


STATE GOVERNING PARTY PREVIOUS MOST RECENT NOTES
Anambra APGA January 11, 2014 Local governments run by Caretaker Committees.
Akwa Ibom PDP June 9, 2012 November 11, 2017 Have elected Chairmen.
Adamawa APC November 24, 2012 Caretaker Committee appointed to head the administration after the end of elected Chairmen’s tenure.
Abia PDP December 21, 2016 The elected Chairmen have completed their tenure and the governor has appointed Transition Committee Chairmen.
Bauchi PDP Governor sacked all Caretaker Committee, Director of Administration in each LGA is expected to take over administration.
Bayelsa PDP July 27, 2019 August 10, 2019 Have elected Chairmen.
Benue PDP November 24, 2012 June 3, 2017 Tenure of elected council officials ended in June 2019, Governor appointed Caretaker Committee to take over administration. Election will be conducted in November 2019.
Borno APC Local government run by Caretaker Committees.
Cross River PDP September 21, 2013 Local governments run by Caretaker Committees.
Delta PDP October 25, 2014 January 6, 2018 Have elected Chairmen.
Ebonyi PDP October 5, 2013 April 22, 2017 Have elected Chairmen.
Edo APC April 20, 2013 March 3, 2018 Have elected Chairmen.
Ekiti APC December 19, 2015 December 23, 2017 The Chairmen were suspended and Governor Fayemi appointed Coordinating Directors to control the affairs of the LGA.
Enugu PDP November 2, 2013 November 4, 2017 Have elected Chairmen.
FCT APC March 19, 2016 March 2, 2019 Have elected Chairmen.
Gombe APC February 23, 2013 February 25, 2017 Governor Yahaya dissolves Council Chairmen and directed Council Secretaries to take over administration.
Imo PDP August 25, 2018 All local government chairmen are suspended, and Deputy Chairmen are Acting Chairmen.
Jigawa APC July 1, 2017 June 29, 2019 Have elected Chairmen.
Kaduna APC December 1, 2012 May 12, 2018 Have elected Chairmen.
Kano APC May 17, 2014 February 10, 2018 Have elected Chairmen.
Katsina APC August 2, 2014 Local government run by Caretaker Committees.
Kebbi APC September 15, 2012 July 15, 2017 Have elected Chairmen.
Kogi APC May 4, 2013 Local government run by Caretaker Committees.
Kwara APC October 26, 2013 November 18, 2017 All local government chairmen suspended and Director of Administration in each LGA is expected to take over administration.
Lagos APC October 22, 2011 July 22, 2017 Have elected Chairmen.
Nasarawa APC March 22, 2014 May 26, 2018 Have elected Chairmen.
Niger APC January 16, 2016 November 30, 2019 Local governments run by Caretaker Committees.
Ogun APC July 22, 2013 October 8, 2016 State government suspended council boss and directed Head of local government administration to take over.
Ondo APC April 23, 2016 Governor sacked all elected Chairmen in 2017 and appointed Caretaker Committees. The Caretaker Committees was dissolved on June 13, 2019 and were directed to handover to Directors of Local Government Administration in respective councils.
Osun APC January 27, 2018 Have elected Chairmen.
Oyo PDP December 15, 2007 May 12, 2018
Plateau APC February 25, 2014 October 10, 2018 Have elected Chairmen.
Rivers PDP May 23, 2015 June 16, 2018 Have elected Chairmen.
Sokoto PDP July 23, 2011 March 12, 2016 Caretaker Committee appointed to head the administration after the end of elected Chairmen’s tenure.
Taraba PDP May 12, 2012 February 25, 2017 Caretaker Committee appointed to head the administration after the end of elected Chairmen’s tenure.
Yobe APC December 28, 2013 February 11, 2017 Caretaker Committee appointed to head the administration after the end of elected Chairmen’s tenure.
Zamfara PDP January 2, 2016 April 27, 2019 Have elected Chairmen.