The Local Government Election fixed for January 27, 2018 by the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) seems to be in jeopardy as a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has stopped the process.
The presiding judge, Justice John Tsoho, while making a pronouncement after the submission of the lead counsel to the plaintiff, Chief Robert Clerk, ordered that status quo ante should be maintained, pending the hearing of the case proper, and that every step taken should be in tandem with the dictate of the constitution.
Tsoho, therefore, adjourned the case till January 28, 2018.
DAILY POST gathered that the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun had instituted an action against the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), over what it termed as “illegality in the process of establishing Local Council Development Areas” (LCDAs).
According to the timetable released by OSIEC, the total of the 37 LCDAs were to participate in the election slated for January.
Meanwhile, the Osun State Government in its reaction, through the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr. Ajibola Bashir debunked such a court process, saying it was not in any way aware of such litigation.
“Our attention has been drawn to a news circulating to the effect that a Federal High Court in Abuja has stopped all processes regarding the Local Government Election in the State of Osun scheduled to hold on 27th January, 2017.
“The Office of the Honourable Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice is not aware of any pending court action regarding the Local Government Election at the Federal High Court in Abuja and no court process has been served to our office.
“I have also confirmed that The State of Osun Independent Electoral Commission is not aware of any action at the Federal High Court Abuja and has not been served with any court process.
“Consequently, we have no basis to believe or give credence to the news which has not been credited to any credible information source”, he said.