The state’s Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Mr. Oluseun Abimbola said that the supposed legal impediment towards the conduct of the election has been vacated as a Federal High Court in Ibadan on Friday struck out the suit filed by some persons from Eruwa against Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) and others challenging elections into newly created wards in Oyo state.
Mr. Abimbola said that in the suit FHC/IB/CS/47/2018 (Olugbenga Adeyemi & Others V INEC, OYSIEC and OYSG, the presiding judge, Hon. Justice Joyce Abdul Malik of the Federal High Court in Ibadan held that the subject matter of this suit is clearly on the powers of OYSIEC being challenged by the plaintiffs, and not the powers of INEC joined as a federal agency.
“She agreed with the submissions of the Oyo State Attorney General, Oluseun Abimbola Esq, that the joinder of a federal agency will not automatically confer jurisdiction on the court if the subject matter contested is outside the jurisdiction of the Court.
Mr. Ambimbola explained, “The court then held that the suit was not for the Federal High Court, but for the State High Court and accordingly struck out the suit in its entirety along with any previously made orders”.
He added, “It will be recalled that the court had earlier made an order of injunction restraining defendants from using the new ward delineation for the elections. That order is equally now vacated. With this ruling, the coast is clear for the exercise of democratic rights by all residents of the State to elect Chairmen and Councilors into all Local Government Councils, Local Council Development Area (LCDAs) and their constituent wards on Saturday, May 12.”
The State Government said that there will be vehicular restriction between 8 am and 3 pm on Saturday, May 12, 2018, during the conduct of the local government election in the state.
The State Commissioner for Information, Culture, and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun said that Students sitting for National Board of Technical Examination (NABTEB) with proof of evidence will be allowed to move to their examination centres.
Mr. Arulogun said that election will hold in 33 local government areas and the 35 local council development areas, urging the general public to troop out en masse to cast their votes for candidates of their choice.
He appealed to the citizens to bear with the commission on the restriction.