Appeal Court reserves judgment in Oyo LG dissolution suit~NEWSEXTRA - NEWS EXTRA ONLINE

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Thursday, 4 June 2020

Appeal Court reserves judgment in Oyo LG dissolution suit~NEWSEXTRA




The Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan has reserved the judgment in a suit filed by the Oyo State Government challenging a court order against the dissolution of the 33 local government council chairmen and their counterparts in the 35 local council development areas in the state.

The state government had earlier appealed against the judgment of the high court delivered on May 6, 2019, by Justice Aderonke Aderemi restraining the state from dissolving the elected 68 chairmen.

Governor Seyi Makinde, had, on the assumption of office on May 29, 2019, appealed against the judgment and dissolved the local government chairmen in the state.

The three-member panel of appeal judges, chaired by Justice Jimi Bada, on Wednesday, reserved the judgment after hearing arguments of counsels from both sides in the suit.

Counsel for the Oyo State Government, Kunel Kalejaye, SAN, said the lower court had no jurisdiction to hear the case.

According to him, the chairmen filed the suit at the lower court based on the rumour that Makinde would dissolve the council executives after being sworn in as governor on May 29, 2019.

Kalejaye urged the court to dismiss the judgment of the lower court and uphold the appeal.

However, counsel for the respondents, Yusuf Ali, SAN, said the action could not be termed as immature because the law allows a person to approach the court when such person noticed that his right was being threatened.

Ali, who said only an irresponsible person would wait for his eye to be plucked after noticing that such was about to happen, urged the court to dismiss the appeal and uphold the judgment of the lower court in order not to allow such precedent.

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