• Say APC won’t partake in May 15 Oyo LG election
The Sacked Local Government and Local Council Development Areas Chairmen in Oyo state have called on the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) to stop every preparation for the planned May 7 council poll in the state stating that the election is “illegal, preposterous and wasteful” and that its members won’t participate in such state encouraged coup against supreme court ruling.
The Chairman, ALGON, Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye, at Secretariat, Ibadan, on Monday, disclosed that the contending Chairmen wondered why OYSIEC who is a party to subsisting litigation went ahead to publish a timetable for local government elections.
He stated that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will not participate in the scheduled local government election, and thereby advised political parties and their candidates not to partake in the local government election.
According to Abass-Aleshinloye, OYSIEC’s action pointed to a plan by the state government to either “buy off the judgment” or stage an “executive coup” against the Supreme court judgment if not favourable. He decried disregard for the rule of law by the Makinde led government noting that except the state government already knows what the Supreme court will rule, it should have waited for the May 7 judgment before proceeding with plans to conduct local government election.
“We advice political parties and candidates not to invest in OYSIEC electoral market process which will lead to nowhere if ALGON wins at the Supreme Court on May 7, 2021.
“Don’t be scammed. After May 7 judgement, the political climate will be clear to all and sundry and nobody will be scammed.
“APC will not participate in the election. We cannot be a party to illegality.
“On this point, we call on OYSIEC to stop the process of its scammed election; it’s illegal, presumptuous, wasteful and unnecessary.”
“A case is in Supreme Court for judgment on May 7 and OYSIEC, which is a party to the case, has gone ahead to fix May 15 to conduct another local government election.
“What if ALGON wins its case and the Supreme court restores our mandate with the specific pronouncement that the elected local government Chairmen and councillor return to the office and spend the remaining two years of their tenure?
“What will become of the huge financial resources running into billions of naira that OYSIEC would have wasted on a preelection jamboree for an election that may not hold by virtue of the judgment that may give victory to elected Chairmen and councillors?
“What would happen to candidates that OYSIEC collected money for a collection of forms from? This is apart from a multimillion naira state fund that will be allocated under the preparing for an election that may not hold if ALGON wins at the Supreme Court.
“The governor may be planning an executive coup against the Supreme Court judgment if it does not favour him by going ahead with the election after the judgment even if it doesn’t favour him and his government.
“He will encourage the handpicked elected Chairmen and councillors to go to court and obtain an injunction to challenge returned elected Chairmen on the basis of lapsed tenure in case Supreme Court does not make a declaratory judgment on the continuation of tenure.
“This will be another illegal step to return the state to another unnecessary legal crisis,” Aleshinloye said.