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Oyo LG poll holds Saturday as court dismisses suit

Justice Joyce Abdulmaleek of the Federal High Court , Ibadan,  on Thursday dismissed a  suit challenging the conduct of  the Oyo State local government election on Saturday.

Newsmen report that the  suit was   instituted by some aggrieved member of  All Progressives Congress (APC)  in Ibarapa East Local Government area of the state.

Abdulmaleek in Thursday’s ruling  held that the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) was dully constituted to conduct the election based  on the powers  given to it.

“The position of the law on the jurisdiction on this matter is well settled.

“This court is mindful of the fact that the law does not give the Federal High Court jurisdiction over local government issues.

“The act of delineation carried out by OYSIEC which is the second defendant in this case is duly backed by law.

“Therefore, this court has no jurisdiction to entertain the matter and the position of the plaintiffs is hereby struck out,’’ the judge held.

NAN  recalls that the plaintiffs  had challenged the powers of OYSIEC to carry out delineation and creation of  new polling units  in the state.

Commenting on the matter after the judgment,  Mr Seun Abimbola, Attorney-General and Commissioner for  Justice in the state,  said the ruling was a victory for democracy and not for any individual.

But counsel to the plaintiffs, Mr Solomo Adeseun,  could not be reached for comments.

Newsmen report that others joined  in the suit were the Independent National Electoral Commission, Oyo State governor and  the Commissioner for Justice.



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