Osun LG Caretaker Appointees: Court Overrule Gov Oyetola

An Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo has dismissed the preliminary objection raised by the State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola in the suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Osun PDP had filed a suit challenging the legality of the State government appointing caretaker committee members instead of organising a local government election.

The Osun PDP held that conducting a local government election would afford other political parties the opportunity to participate in the political process.

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Led by Adebayo Alade, its lead counsel in suit number Hos/M.39/2021 instituted by the PDP against the governor and 74 others on the constitutionality of the caretaker committee, Justice Ayo Oyebiyi dismissed Oyetola’s objection.

The PDP, which argued that the appointment of the local government caretaker committee was in flagrant violation of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, added that such must not be allowed to stand.

The PDP as part of its prayer demanded that the court declare the appointment of the caretaker committee members as illegal and that those appointed should refund all the salaries and other financial entitlements they have taken from the local government purse.

The matter was adjourned for hearing on the substantive suit on September 23, 2022.

Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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