The Oyo State Government has secured an order to go ahead with the conduct of local government election in the state.
The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun disclosed this in a statement issued on Wednesday.
He quoted the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Oluwaseun Abimbola, as saying that the Order 3 of the interim injunction forbidding the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from releasing the voters register to OYSIEC for conduct of elections into Local governments and Local Council Development Areas (LCDA) has been discharged by the court.
According to Mr. Abimbola, “in respect of the case filed by Oyo baales 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 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,” the Attorney General explained.
Abimbola expressed hope that the development would clear the air and misrepresentation by the people who believe that the state government was not interested in the conduct of the local government election, pointing out that the order secured is a demonstration to the fact that the state government is ready for the conduct of the election and the barrier has been removed.