Parties’ absence foils case seeking to stop Ekiti, Osun polls

Parties’ absence foils case seeking to stop Ekiti, Osun polls

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The matter instituted by Yoruba Self-determination Group, Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, challenging the validity of the 1999 constitution before a Federal High Court, Osogbo, slated for mention on Wednesday could not proceed.

The group, in a statement signed by its Communications Secretary, Maxwell Adeleye, had said that the leader of the self-determination group, Professor Banji Akintoye, and 19 others had approached the court, demanding a total decommissioning of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria to pave way for a referendum.

The group was also seeking to stop the conduct of the forthcoming governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states, arguing that the 1999 constitution of Nigeria that the electoral body would use to conduct the two elections and subsequent elections was invalid as no referendum was conducted when it was enacted.

Defendants in the case were the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami – SAN, and the Independent National Electoral Commission.

When our correspondent arrived at the premises of the court on Wednesday, none of the parties was around.

Sources on the premises, who preferred anonymity, however, told our correspondent that the court was on vacation.

Adeleye, in a statement obtained in Osogbo on Wednesday, titled: Re-Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide Court Action Against 1999 Constitution, said the matter had been adjourned to the 17th of May, 2022.

The statement read, “This is to inform you that the Osogbo court case instituted by Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide against the validity of the 1999 Constitution has been adjourned from today 13th April 2022 to 17/5/2022 for motion and mention.

“The April 28th date for Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State case stands.”

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