Court nullifies Osun Local Government election

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The Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo has nullified the October 15, 2022 local government election conducted in Osun State.

Delivering judgment on Friday, Justice Ayo-Nathaniel Emmanuel declared the local government election as illegal, null and void, adding that it was not conducted in consonance with the Electoral Act of 2022.

Justice Emmanuel also ordered the local government chairmen and councilors who were sworn in after the election to immediately vacate Local Government Secretariats and offices.

Reacting to the court judgment, the Osun People’s Democratic Party (PDP) stated that its activism against the illegality of the outgoing Gboyega Oyetola-led administration has been vindicated.

The PDP, in a statement signed by the party’s caretaker chairman in the state, Akindele Adekunle, lamented that about N1.5 billion naira that has been deployed for workers’ welfare was squandered by Oyetola’s administration for the conduct of the election in addition to several millions of naira illegally paid as salaries and allowances to fake council chiefs.

“We had warned against holding that fake selection they called election. We had cited all relevant legal authorities to convince OSIEC to back out of the undemocratic scheme. The Commission Chairman who himself is a lawyer decided to act against clear provisions of the law to supervise this crudely executed lawlessness.”

“This judgment is an affirmation of the correctness of many alerts we have issued in recent times. The outgoing Governor had deliberately committed a lot of infractions and lawlessness. We will deploy all legal means to correct the anomalies in compliance with public service rules, extant laws and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

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