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General News of Friday, 29 April 2022

Source: punchng.com

Court adjourns Yoruba group suit to stop Ekiti gov poll

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The Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti on Thursday adjourned to May 11 the hearing of a suit instituted by the Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, an umbrella for Yoruba self-determination and self-preservation movement, seeking the suspension of the forthcoming Ekiti governorship election.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Babs Kuewumi, gave the adjournment to enable the defence team to file their response.

The applicants in the suit are; renowned historian, Prof Banji Akintoye; medical practitioner, Dr Adebayo Orire; and five others, represented by their counsels, Olasupo Ojo, Tolu Babaleye and three others, are among others seeking the suspension of the Ekiti election billed for June 18 on the ground that no valid election could be conducted under the 1999 constitution.

The defendants in the suit, which are the Independent National Electoral Commission and the Attorney General of the Federation, were not represented in court on Thursday.

The Communications Secretary, Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, Maxwell Adeleye, stated that the plaintiffs, among others, are seeking court declaration “that the 1999 Constitution is invalid, illegal and of no effect whatsoever by reason of its failure to satisfy the essential requirements of the referendum and national consensus expected of a valid constitution.”

Adeleye, in a press statement in Ado Ekiti on Thursday stated that the plaintiffs are seeking a declaration that since the preamble to the 1999 Constitution which says ‘we the people of Nigeria have resolved to give ourselves a constitution is a lie, and had, therefore, rendered the Constitution illegal, invalid and null and void.

He said the applicants also urged the court to declare “that no valid elections whether presidential, governorship, National and State Assembly or councillors elections can be validly held under the said invalid and fraudulent 1999 Constitution, as one cannot build something on nothing in law and expect it to stand.”

Adeleye said the group wants the court to declare that the forthcoming Ekiti State governorship election billed for June 18 by the Independent National Electoral Commission could not be validly held under the said 1999 Constitution.

He said the plaintiffs are seeking a court order “directing the defendants jointly and severally to stay clear of Ekiti State in June 2022 and suspend with immediate effect the plans and arrangements they have put in place to conduct such an illegal election in the state.”

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