Following the threat by Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) to go ahead with the conduct of planned local government election in the state despite the Federal High Court order suspending the conduct of the election, a group within the camp of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo state, The Unity Forum has warned the state I OYSIEC not to go a ahead with the election scheduled for Saturday, May 12th 2018.
It could be recalled that a Federal High Court 2 sitting in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital on Wednesday under the leadership of Justice Joyce Abdul-Malik in a brief ruling on the motion, granted the prayers of some aggrieved members of the APC from Ibarapa East Local Government Area, restraining OYSIEC from conducting election into the newly created wards pending the determination of the substantive suit.
But the OYSIEC in a swift response to the ruling in a statement signed by its media officer, Cosmos Oni, on Wednesday by Cosmos Oni stated that no amount of injunctions can stop the conduct of the election by the commission.
Reacting to the defiance of OYSIEC to the court order in a statement by the APC Unity Forum signed by its Secretary and former Chairman, Caretaker Committee of Ibadan North West Local Government Area, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun warned the commission on the consequences of such attempt which he maintained “could be tantamount to undermining the authority of the judiciary, which in itself contemptuous”.
Olatunbosun affirmed that “There was no place in logical or legal reasoning that places state laws over the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
He maintained that the statement from the commission, “not only unfounded but also reckless and unbecoming of a legal luminary in person of Ajeigbe OYSIEC Chairman status”.
According to Olatunbosun “The Unity Forum of APC condemned the state government and Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission ( OSIEC) over a statement credited to the commission that no court judgement can stop the forthcoming election.
“This provision is contrary to section 5 of the Constitution which gave adjudicatory powers to the court. Any provision which tend to oust the powers of the court, especially state law, which is inferior to the constitution, the ground norm, shall to the extent of its inconsistency, be null and void, and is of no effect. This is trite.”
Olatunbosun stressed that, “Ajimobi led administration postponed the said election twice due to court injunctions. Why did government is now trying to ignore the court order as this would be tantamount to speaking from both side of once mouth.”
The group then called on people of the state to disregard the threat, saying that “all legal means would be pursued to bring sanity into the system.
“As all hands must be on deck to put a stop to political rascality and impunity in the state”.