The Federal High Court in Osogbo, Osun State, has sacked sixty-nine council chairmen in Osun State over alleged irregularities in the election that brought them to seat.
The judgement was passed on Friday (today) by Justice Nathaniel Ayoola who affirmed that the polls conducted by the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC), on October 15th 2022, contravened Sections 29 and 32 of the Electoral Act, 2022.
In this regard, Ayoola relieved chairmen of 30 Local Government Areas, 32 Local Council Development Areas, 7 Area Offices, and 393 counsellors in Osun State elected on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC).
The judge maintained that “OSIEC law is inconsistent with sections 29 & 32 2022 Electoral Act that provides 180 days notice.
“Notice of election is fundamental. Section 150(3) of the Electoral Act says any election conducted in violation of the provision of the law shall be invalid. I hold the view that the plaintiff has made a good case. The case is held in favour of the plaintiff and against the respondents.
“The election held on 15 October 2022 is hereby declared unconstitutional, invalid, null and void. All persons or individuals occupying that offices are sacked.”
The judgement is coming following a suit by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which challenged the earlier declaration on the APC chieftains.
Defendants in the suit by PDP includes the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), OSIEC, APC and its chairman in Osun State, Gboyega Famodun.