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After Being ‘Paid Off’ By Makinde, Dissolved OYSIEC Members Continue Case In Court

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Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo State, is in for another round of battle.
Rather than withdraw their case from court after being ‘paid off’, dissolved members of the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission, OYSIEC, are not discontinuing their case against his administration.
OYOINSIGHT.COM had reported how the accounts of members of OYSIEC were credited with their ‘advanced salaries’ on October 9, 2019. Members of the Judicial Service Commission, JSC and Civil Service Commission were  also paid off. This was to allow him nominate his loyalists as replacement.
This came few weeks after Makinde sent names of nominees to replace the sacked members to the Oyo State House of Assembly for screening and confirmation.
This, according to sources who spoke with OYOINSIGHT.COM, was to ensure that the  planned council election record minimal hitches.
While the chairman and members of the OYSIEC were paid two-year advance, their counterparts in the JSC and CSC got three and a year year salary advance. Chairmen and members of the commissions spend 5 years in office. Those in OYSIEC had spent three years while those in JSC and CSC had barely spent one and half years before they were shown the exit doors.
Chairman and members of OYSIEC had been sacked on July 1, 2019, sparking reactions and counter reactions between the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and opposition All Progressives Congress, APC.
Though OYOINSIGHT.COM couldn’t confirm the actual amount chairmen and members of the commissions got, a government source who confirmed the development could not however confirm  whether or not members of the OYSIEC will continue their case in court.
At today’s resumed hearing at the Ibadan division of National Industrial Court, Makinde, the House of Assembly and other agencies of the state were against taking any step towards filling the vacant offices of the chairman and members of OYSIEC pending the determination of the originating summons filed in the suit.
This was pursuant to a complaint made to the court of repeated threats and claims by Makinde to reconstitute the State Independent Electoral Commission in the state even while the cases filed by the ousted members of the commission challenging their dissolution remains pending in court.
Lead counsel to the Claimants, members of the dissolved OYSIEC, had drawn the attention of the court to the various pronouncements of the defendants to disregard the jurisdiction of the court by the threat to reconstitute the commission. Counsel to the State, Mrs F.B.
Olakojo had upon being required by the court to undertake that no adverse steps would be taken by the state government to over-reach the proceedings in the case, stated that no step has been taken by the Oyo state government to undermine the jurisdiction of the court.
The dissolved members of OYSIEC had filed an originating summons against the State government challenging their removal and further filed a motion on notice for interlocutory injunction which are yet pending.
Hon. Justice Peters of the National Industrial court in his ruling adjourned the matter for hearing till the 12th of February 2019 but issued a stern warning to the Oyo state government that pending the determination of the suit the defendants should not take any step that may adversely affect this suit or over reach the jurisdiction of the court, stating that he expects the Governor of Oyo state, the Oyo state House of Assembly, and the Attorney General of Oyo state as law abiding officers under our constitution to respect the jurisdiction of the court seised of the matter and refrain from acting unconstitutionally.
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