By Trevor Oluwole
A Federal High Court in Ibadan,has dismissed the suit challenging the conduct of the May 12 local government election in Oyo State into 33 local Government councils and the newly created 36 LCDAs, dragging the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC), Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi and the State House of Assembly by the State People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Oyo State PDP has earlier charged the defendants on 10 charges before the court restraining INEC from conducting the local government election, stating that INEC has no constitutional right to assist OYISEC in conducting local government election and that INEC has no constitutional power to release the voters’ cards to OYISEC.
In his ruling on Thursday, Justice Ayo-Emmanuel declared that his court has no jurisdiction to entertain a case that has to do with Local Council creation and Electoral Conduct into such. “This court has no Constitutional jurisdiction to sit on this case, A Federal High Court has no jurisdiction to hear a case of Local council creation and elections into the Local councils, it is outside Section 251 of the constitution, He said, and the case was thereby struck out.”
It was reported that PDP has on March 29 instituted a court action against the conduct of the elections into the local councils and the newly created Local Council Development Areas of the state on May 12, 2018 conducted the election in which All the seats in the 33 LGAs and the 36 LCDAs were won by the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidates.