LG POLL: Makinde Wants to Waste Scarce Resources, Mess up Democracy - Oyo APC - Penangle | News Portal in Nigeria
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All Progressives Congress in Oyo State has alleged that Governor Seyi Makinde and the leadership of the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) were out to waste the scarce resources and also make a mockery of democracy and the rule of law with their plans to go ahead with the conduct of the local government election slated for this Saturday May 22nd, without the APC and other registered political parties.

This was revealed by the Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the APC in Oyo State, Chief Akin Oke, at a Press Briefing held on Wednesday at the Party’s new state secretariat, Oke-Ado, Ibadan.

The statement signed by Chief Oke reads:

“PRESS BRIEFING BY THE ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS, OYO STATE CHAPTER ON THE UNCONSTITUTIONAL EXCLUSION OF THE APC FROM FIELDING CANDIDATES, ILLEGAL IMPOSITION OF NOMINATION FEES FOR THE CHAIRMANSHIP AND COUNCILLORSHIP BY THE OYO STATE INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL COMMISSION AND AS WE AWAIT THE RESPONSE OF THE JUDICIARY OF OYO STATE TO ACCEPT THE COURT PROCESSES OF THE APC SEEKING TO GET REDRESS FROM THE COURT.”

Gentlemen of the press, it became compulsory for me to once again address the press on the deliberate and unconstitutional acts of the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission which has excluded our party, The All Progressives Congress from the Local Government Election scheduled for this Saturday.”

“It would be recalled that the court action of the members of ALGON, Oyo State challenging the unconstitutional dissolution of the duly elected Executives of the 33 Local Governments and 35 Local Councils Development Areas in Oyo State was finally laid to rest by the Supreme Court Judgment of the 7th May, 2021.”

It would also be recalled that one of the reliefs granted at the High Court among others was a perpetual injunction restraining the Defendants in that case among which is OYSIEC or anybody whatsoever from conducting elections into the 33 local Government and 35 LCDAs and their councillors during the 3 years constitutionally guaranteed tenure of the chairmen.”

It would also be recalled that the All Progressives Congress was the political party through which platform the chairmen and councilors contested and won the elections in 2018 and it therefore stands logic on its head for the chairman of the OYSIEC who is a Senior Lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria for that matter to assert that APC cannot seek to benefit from a pronouncement of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and we have to wonder why cases are being cited in court or what do lawyers mean by the doctrine of judicial precedent.”

“It will be a situation of approbating and reprobating for the APC to field candidates during the pendency of a litigation instituted by its members and what the lawyers call subjudice which should tell the OYSIEC chairman who is a lawyer that parties are supposed to know that nothing should be done with respect to a matter already submitted for the adjudication of the court.”

“It must also be noted that OYSIEC had in its guidelines imposed a nomination form fees of N250,000 and N100,000 to be paid by the Chairmanship and Councillorship aspirants respectively. These fees are illegal because election processes cannot be monetized. The OYSIEC having realized this illegal imposition of fees have now decided to refund the candidates but not after OYSIEC had closed every avenues for participation in the electoral processes thereby shutting out so many citizens of Oyo State who would have participated in the election by seeking for political office but for the illegal imposition of the nomination fees.”

” The question is, is it fair on the people for OYSIEC to refuse to extend the election period and allow those already shut out from participating to also have the opportunity to exercise their constitutional rights to seek elective offices? We hope that Oyo State Government and the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission will have a rethink and allow reason to prevail.”

“In the meantime we have prepared our originating processes and same forwarded to the Chief Judge of the State through our lawyers hoping that same will be attended to timeously by accepting same for filing and assigning it to a judge for hearing. The courts are imbued with extensive power under the High Court Laws of Oyo State, the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria and under the High Court Civil Procedure Rules of Oyo State coupled with the fact that the Supreme Court even sat during the pendency of JUSUN strike to deliver its judgment on the 7th of May, 2021.”

“We are equally aware that some Magistrate Courts in Oyo State are sitting over criminal matters considered urgent during this ongoing JUSUN strike. If the Oyo State Judiciary can permit criminal matters to be heard in a strike, we trust his lordship, the Chief Judge will mandate the necessary units and personnel to effect filing and assignment timeously before Election Day.

Thanks and God bless.”

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