By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
The Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC), has vowed that the court pronouncement on the case instituted by some All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwarts in Ibarapa East Local Government Area would not stop the conduct of election scheduled for May 12.
OYSIEC Chairman, Mr John Olajide Ajeigbe in a press statement made available to journalists on Wednesday, said the situation was under control and that election would be conducted as scheduled.
OYSIEC wishes to assured members of the public and all political parties that the recent Court pronouncement instituted by some people in Ibarapa East local government will not according to Oyo State Independent Electoral law affects the forthcoming local government elections into 33 local government councils andv35 local council development areas of the state come May 12 ,2018.
According to the state chairman of Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission, Mr John Olajide Ajeigbe says the situation is under control and that election will go as scheduled.
“The attention of the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission has been drawn to a news item of an interim order by the Federal High Court in Ibadan which said to have stopped the scheduled local council elections fixed for 12th May, 2018. While we are yet to be formally served with any such order. Our information confirms that the said court’s order did not stop the scheduled elections and was only directed at using the newly delineated wards for the scheduled elections by OYSIEC.
“Elections are therefore not, restrained from proceeding as scheduled in all the local governments and LCDAs. Meanwhile it should be noted that the extant provisions of section 9(1) of the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission law, cap 154, Laws of Oyo State 2000 which states that “no interim, interlocutory or any other order, decision or judgment by any court or tribunal before or after the commencement of this law in respect of any intra-party, or inter party dispute, or any other proceedings or matter pertaining to an election under this law, shall affect the timing of an election under this law”. This extant law remains valid and binding on us all,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, a Federal High Court, sitting in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Wednesday, halted the conduct of the planned local government election in the state.
Though details of the judgement is still sketchy as at the time of filling this report but it was gathered that the court stopped the poll after it delivered its ruling in a case instituted by some leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ibarapa East Local Government over the creation of wards.
It would be recalled that some baales in Oyo West, Atiba and Oyo East Local Governments sought an order restraining the commission from conducting the planned election in 2017 pending the determination of the case which eventually led to shifting the date of the election from February 21 to May 2018.
By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan