S’Court Verdict: Postpone LG Election, Alao-Akala Advises Makinde

Former governor of Oyo State and Chairman, El­ders Advisory Council of the All Progressives Con­gress (APC), Oyo State chapter, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, has advised the Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, to postpone the forthcoming local government election in the state.

The election, scheduled for the third week of May, 2021, Alao-Akala advised, should be shifted to a later date to protect the sanctity of the evolving democracy.

Alao-Akala gave the ad­vice while reacting to the Supreme Court judgement that invalidated the sack of the duly elected 33 local government area chair­men in Oyo State.

According to the former governor, now that the dust had finally settled on the legality or otherwise of the sack of the duly elected local government chairmen, it was trite in law for Makinde to see that there was the need to post­pone the election.

According to him, “Going on with the local government election as earlier scheduled, will throw the state into an­other round of legal gym­nastics.

“My advice to him is to sit down with the OYSIEC officials, look into the new development and do the needful, which is to shift the election date. Fortunately, the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission chairman is a learned fellow.

“He know what the law says as regards disenfran­chisement. He knows what the constitution say about holding elections and he knows the consequences of holding a one-sided election.

“Apart from that, both the governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde and the OYSIEC chairman, have a name to protect now and in the future of the development of our democracy in Nige­ria. This is an opportunity for Engr. Seyi Makinde to correct his past mistakes.

“He should not commit another blunder by go­ing on with that election which i am hundred per­cent certain will be faulted again by the constitution, the electoral act and the judiciary.”

While commending the Supreme Court judgement for guiding against the unguarded disregard on the sanctity of the consti­tution, Alao-Akala urged the judicial arm of gov­ernment to find possible means of fast-tracking time bound litigations that can disenfranchise lit­igants of their legal rights as is the case of Oyo State ALGON where the final judgment is delivered few days to the official end of the tenure of office of the litigants.

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