The Oyo state wing of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has officially called for the scheduled May 22 2021 Local government election in the state to be postponed until 7th, August, 2021, stating that the recent Supreme Court ruling on the sack of the LG officers has necessitated a shift in the poll date.
In a letter written to the OYSIEC Chairman; Aare Isiaka Abiola Olagunju (SAN) and the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice by their solicitors and signed by Olamiji Martins, the Oyo State APC called for a shift of the LG Polls, noting that the matter instituted by Oyo ALGON lasted for 2 years from the High Court of Justice to the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
He also argued that while the 2-year legal tussle was going on, it wouldn’t have been legally right for the APC and the Oyo ALGON to have jettisoned the pending court matter and shift base to the Commission’s side when the illegally sacked council chairmen had specifically prayed the Court to restrain OYSIEC from conducting the election.
Olamiji Martins, in the letter, stated that: “It would have amounted to approving and approving 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.”
The Oyo State APC 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 7th January 2021, to postpone the election and allow the party conduct its affairs in readiness to participate in the election at an appropriate time.