By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission, (OYSIEC) has declared that the Wednesday’s order of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan did not stop the scheduled local government elections in the state.
OYSIEC stated this in a press release issued by the Commission made available to newsmen in Ibadan
According to OYSIEC in the statement signed by the Commission’s Press Officer,Mr Cosmos Oni, the court order was only directed at using the newly delineated wards for the scheduled elections by OYSIEC.
“The attention of the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission
has been drawn to a news item of an interim order by the Federal High Court in Ibadan said to have stopped the scheduled Local Council elections fixed for 12th May 2018. While we are yet to be formally served with any such order.” It said.
OYSIEC added “our information confirms that the said court’s order did not stop the scheduled elections 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.”
The Commission pointed out that ” it should be noted that the extant provisions of section 9(1) of the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission law, cap 154, Laws of Oyo State 2000 which states that “no interim, interlocutory or any other order, decision or judgment by any court or tribunal before or after the commencement of this law in respect of any intra-party, or inter party dispute, or any other proceedings or matter pertaining to an election under this law, shall affect the timing of an election under this law. This extant law remains valid and binding on us all”