By Richard Akintade, Osogbo
The Osun State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against release of the updated voters’ register to the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) or lending any support to Osun Electoral Commission (OSIEC) for the purpose of the planned local government election.
This was contained in a press statement issued by Dr Adekunle Akindele, the Caretaker Committee Chairman, Osun State Chapter of the PDP on Sunday.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had earlier written to INEC not to release the updated voters’ register to OSIEC as the planned local government election is a subject of litigation in court.
The party had in the communication specifically tasked INEC not to aid and abet illegality and criminality which is sanctionable under Section 150 of the Electoral Act, 2022.
The PDP maintained that the planned council election by OSIEC is illegal and unconstitutional, the process having not been in accord with the provision of the Electoral Act, 2022.
“We call on INEC to desist from supporting illegality. Any support rendered to OSIEC may tarnish the integrity of the national electoral body”, Dr Akindele said.
The party Chairman further reminded INEC and Osun stakeholders that the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo has fixed 13th September, 2022, for the hearing of the suit instituted by the PDP against INEC and OSIEC to determine the legality and constitutionality or otherwise of the planned local government election.
The hearing will also involve determination of the application by the PDP asking for a mandatory order of injunction to set aside the notice of election and all the steps already taken, being taken and/or about to be taken by INEC and OSIEC with respect to the planned election.
The PDP is equally seeking a mandatory order of injunction against INEC from partaking in slleged illegality.
“We can confirm that all the court processes and hearing notices in the matter have been served on OSIEC and INEC”, the Chairman further stated
“We reinforce our condemnation of the OSIEC Chairman for his desperation despite the pendency of litigation in court. We express our confidence that the judiciary is up to the task to undo whatever illegality the OSIEC might have perpetrated.”