By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
A Federal High Court, sitting in Ibadan, on Wednesday ordered the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission ( OYSIEC) to suspend the forthcoming May 12 Local Government election into the newly created Local Community Development Authority (LCDA) in the state pending the determination of the substantive suit before the court .
Justice Joyce Abdul-Malik of Federal High Court 2 in her brief ruling on the motion, granted the prayers of the aggrieved parties , retraining OYSIEC from conducting election into the newly created wards pending the determination of the substantive suit
Some Concerned members of the All Progressives Congress ( APC) from Ibarapa East Local Government had headed for the Federal High Court to challenge the creation of new wards in the state.
In the suit, the concerned APC members are praying the court for an interim order to suspend the conduct of council poll slated for May 12, 2018 in the state.
The court however granted their prayers with the interim relief in their favour in respect of the new wards’ delineation by the state government, restraining OYSIEC from conducting election into the new wards .
Commenting on the interim injunction granted the aggrieved APC members on the May 12 local government election, Oyo state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice ,Barrister Olusegun Abimbola discloded that the government would take immediate step to vacate the order which according to him was yet to be served on the government.
“The point is that the existing laws in the state forbid any interim order from any court in respect of any proceeding to affect the timing of scheduled election by that provision of Section 9 of the Oyo state Independent Electoral Commission law Cap 154 Laws of Oyo state 2000″he said.
Contacted on telephone, the OYSIEC Chairman, Mr Jide Ajeigbe said he was yet to be briefed of any court order and that he will be in a better position to talk when properly briefed .