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Oyo APC writes OYSIEC, demands postponement of council poll till August

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State has urged the state Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) to postpone the incoming local council polls till August 7, 2021, following the recent decision of the Supreme Court, which declared the sacked council bosses as the lawfully-elected local council chairmen.

The party made the request in a letter to OYSIEC Chairman, Isiaka Olagunju and the state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, dated May 10, 2021, and received by the duo on May 11, 2021.

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Olagunju had maintained that there was no plan or justification for the commission to postpone the council election to a later date.

But the APC, in the letter by its solicitors and signed by Olamiji Martins, said that the matter instituted by Oyo ALGON lasted for two years from the High Court to the Supreme Court, arguing that within the two-year of legal tussle, it would not have been legally right for the APC and indeed Oyo ALGON to have jettisoned the pending court matter and shifted base to the commission’s side when the illegally-sacked council chairmen had specifically prayed the court to restrain OYSIEC from conducting the said election.

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Martins, in the letter, also observed that it would have amounted to approbating and reprobating simultaneously, maintaining that in the spirit of the laws of the land, it was only legal for Oyo APC and indeed Oyo ALGON to desist from rendering nugatory the possible orders of the court.

In order to avoid constitutional crises and unsolicited legal tussles, the opposition APC in the state, however, opined that it is better in the spirit of democracy and wider participation, which the commission had earlier promised when it visited the party office at Oke-Ado on January 7, 2021, to postpone the election and allow the party conduct its affairs in readiness to participate in the election.

“It does not allude to commonsense that our client should have conducted primary elections in readiness for your commission’s election when its matter against your commission was before the Supreme Court of Nigeria. That would have amounted to a contemptuous and ridiculous act,” the letter said.

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