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Activist files suit to nullify Osun LG poll

Osogbo—A human rights activist, Mr. Kanmi Ajibola has filed a fresh motion asking an Osun State High Court in Ilesa to nullify the Local Government election conducted last Saturday in Osun State.

In the motion filed before Justice Kola Adegoke of the State High Court, Ilesa jurisdiction, Ajibola argued that the council poll must be set aside based on the intentional disregard to the court processes by the defendants in the case.

Besides, the lawyer, in an 83-paragraph affidavit he deposed to in support of his motion also accused Governor Rauf Aregbesola of abuse of office, saying the two days public holiday declared was to prevent the court from giving a bench ruling on the suit challenging the conduct of the elections.

Ajibola had sued the governor, the State House of Assembly, the State Independent Electoral Commission, OSSIEC, All Progressives  Congress, APC, All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Social Democratic Party ,SDP, and eight other political parties.

The case was adjourned to January 25 but the two days holiday declared by the government prevented the court from sitting.

The suit, against the conduct of the elections, was filed by Ajibola on November 6, 2017.

In his written address, he explained that his application was predicated on three solid grounds, saying the 1st defendant “in this suit used his position to overreach and take advantage of the plaintiff and rule of law, as the Osun State governor, by declaring a public holiday to prevent this court to sit on this suit on January 28, 2018.”

 


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