Court order halts Oyo state LG elections

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A Federal High Court in Ibadan has issued a restraining order to the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) stopping it from conducting its planned local government elections.

This development has ruffled feathers among the politicial elite/stakeholders in the state.

The electoral body scheduled February 11 for elections into the 33 local governments and 35 Local Council Development Area (LCDAs) in the state but some aggrieved traditional rulers (Baales) in Oyo west, Atiba and Oyo east local governments dragged the commission to court last week friday, seeking a restraining order pending the determination a case over the delineation of LCDAs.

The baales currently have a case in court over the LCDA delineations that led to loss of part of their domains. The baales want the case settled before any election can hold.
This council polls were last held in 2007, during Rasheed Ladoja’s tenure.

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