(2021) JELR 109193 (SC)    
Supreme Court  ·  SC.556/2020 ·  7 May 2021 ·  Nigeria
Kudirat Motonmori Olatokunbo Kekere-Ekun, JSC John Inyang Okoro, JSC Ejembi Eko, JSC Ibrahim Mohammed Musa Saulawa, JSC Adamu Jauro, JSC

EJEMBI EKO, J.S.C. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): In the Local Government elections conducted on 12th March, 2018 by the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) (herein the 7th Respondent), the Appellants were elected for a definite term of 3 years after assuming the respective offices they were each elected into. Ten (10) months into the terms of 3 years, the Appellants were to remain in office, the 1st Respondent purporting to act pursuant to Sections 11 and 21 of the Oyo State Local Government Law 2001, as amended, dissolved (in May, 2019) the democratically elected Local Government Councils. The Appellants were removed from their offices of, either, the Chairman of the Local Government Council (LGC) or as Councilors in the LGCs. In anticipation of the intent of the Respondents to dissolve the duly elected LGCs, the Appellants firstly challenged in Court of law, the constitutionality of the powers vested in the 1st, 5th and 6th Respondents by Sections 11 & 12 of…

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