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The lawmakers in Oyo State has declared the election conducted into the 35 local council development areas (LCDAs) by the state electoral umpire on May 12, 2018 as “unconstitutional, ultra vires, null and void.”

They also on Tuesday unanimously gave an ‘aye’ votes to the decision of Governor Seyi Makinde to dissolve the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC).

Justifying the decision, the lawmakers during the plenary presided over by Speaker Adebo Ogundoyin, held “the election negated the provisions of section 4(a), part II, third schedule to the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) which recognised conduct of election into local government areas.”

The Assembly also held that the election contravened section 5(a) of the OYSIEC law 1999 that empowered the electoral commission to organize elections into local government councils not LCDAs.

Consequently, the Assembly averred that Makinde’s dissolution of OYSIEC was in public interest and preservation of the sanctity of the nation’s 1999 constitution.

The positions of the lawmakers form parts of the day’s resolutions from a matter of urgent public importance presented by the House majority leader, Sanjo Adedoyin entitled: “Need to Review the Activities of OYSIEC over conduct of local government and local council development areas election in conformity with provisions of the laws”.

Majority of members also voiced loud ayes, asking the executive to urgently reconstitute the OYSIEC to organise fresh elections into local government councils.

They argued that the powers of the OYSIEC were limited to conducting election into local government councils alone and not LCDAs.

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