Oyo State Government has secured an order that will facilitate the conduct of local government election in the state.
Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun in a statement in Ibadan on Wednesday while quoting the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Oluwaseun Abimbola, stated that the interim injunction forbidding INEC from releasing the voters’ register to OYSIEC for conduct of elections into LGs and LCDAs has been vacated by the court.
“In respect of the case filed by Oyo Baales (local chiefs) challenging the LCDAs and in which the court had issued an injunction preventing the conduct of elections into LG&LCDAs, I made an application to the court to discharge the part of the Interim order preventing our conduct of elections into LGs since the subject matter of the suit is only on the propriety of LCDAs and not LGs.
“The other counsels in the matter all conceded to the point as canvassed by the Oyo State Government on this matter. Consequently, the Order 3 of the Interim injunction forbidding INEC from releasing voters register to OYSIEC for the conduct of elections into LGs and LCDAs has been discharged by the court. Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) is now at liberty to conduct LG elections only, but not into LCDAs which is still pending in court”, he stated.
Abimbola noted that this development would clear the air and misrepresentation by the people who believed that the state government was not interested in the conduct of the local government election.
He pointed out that the order secured was a demonstration that the state government was ready for the conduct of the election as the barrier had been removed.