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Court halts LG polls in Oyo

By Ola Ajayi & Adeola Badru

IBADAN — A Federal High Court in Ibadan has granted an interlocutory injunction restraining the Oyo State Independent National Electoral Commission from conducting the local government election in wards created by the commission.

The election, which had been postponed many times due to legal tussle, is scheduled to hold on May 12 this year.

In a suit marked FHC/IB/ES/47/2018 filed by five Eruwa town elders against the OYSIEC, Oyo State Governor and the Attorney-General of the state, the applicants prayed the court to restrain the defendants, their servants, agents or privies from using, relying on or employing the use of any electoral areas or wards and polling stations for the purpose of any elections in Oyo State, including local government elections, other than the electoral areas or wards and polling stations created by the INEC pending the determination of the substantive action.”

The applicants went to court to challenge the creation of the electoral areas or wards by OYSIEC in Ibarapa East council area saying it contravened the law.

Justice J.O Abdulmalik granted the restraining injunction and adjourned hearing to May 28, 2018.

But in swift reaction, OYSIEC, in a statement its spokesperson, Cosmas Oni, the said: “While we are yet to be formally served with any such order, our information confirmed that the said court order did not stop the scheduled election 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.

 

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