- A federal court in Osogbo, the Osun state capital, has cancelled the LG polls conducted in the state in October last month
- Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel in his judgment on Friday ruled that the election was in contravention of sections 29 and 32 of the electoral act 2022
- The judgment is coming barely 48 hours that the Osun state governor-elect, Ademola Adeleke, an uncle to popular musician, Davido, would be sworn-in
Osogbo, Osun - The Osun state local government election conducted by the Gboyega Oyetola-led administration on October 15, has been nullified by a federal high court in Osogbo, the state capital.
Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel, while delivering his judgment on Friday, November 25, said the poll, which was conducted by the Osun state independent electoral commission (OSIEC), contravened Sections 29 & 32 of the electoral act 2022, The Punch reported.
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The opposition peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had filed a suit before the court to stop OSIEC from going ahead with the election.
The judgment is coming barely 48 hours that the Osun state governor-elect, Ademola Adeleke of the PDP, will take over from the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government in the state
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Adeleke is an uncle to the popular afro-beat single, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido.
During the July governorship election, which was supervised by the Independent National Election (INEC) in the state, was won by the singer's uncle.
Adeleke is expected to be sworn in as governor of Osun state on Sunday, November 27.
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While declaring the poll unconstitutional, Justice Ayo-Emmanuel, said all the chairmen and councillors elected during the poll have been sacked by the court.
His statement reads in part:
“The election held on 15 October 2022 is hereby declared unconstitutional, invalid, null and void. All persons or individuals occupying those offices are sacked.”
Joined in the respondents are APC, ex-chairman of the ruling party, Gboyega Famoodun, and INEC.
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Legit.ng earlier reported that Gbemisola Adeoti, a professor of literature in English, has said the political class, particularly the presidential candidates, must have the will to abide by the rules of the election.
The University don also posited that once there is a will, there will always be a way, while urging the security agencies also to have the will to suppress the growing insecurity in the country.
Adeoti, who has built a career in humanity, said if elections can take place in states like Borno and Yobe in 2015 and 2019, then the security operatives.