The Ogun State High Court has fixed Friday, September 30 to determine if the local government elections in the state scheduled for October 8 can go ahead.
This followed hearing in a suit filed by Labour Party for postponement of the poll, on the ground that the state Independent Electoral Commission failed to include the party in the exercise.
Justice Olanrewaju Mabekoje, who turned down the party’s request for an order to effect alternative service on the commission and its chairman, directed all the parties to file their papers and written addresses ahead of hearing on Friday.
Joined in the suit as defendants are the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun; Commissioner for Justice, Olumide Ayeni; chairman of the state electoral commission, Risikat Ogunfemi; and the commission.
The counsel to the plaintiff, Monday Mawa, told the court that the commission had denied his client access to forms CF001 and CF002, which would have enabled the party to nominate candidates for the elections.
“The suit is not for the interest of the claimant alone, but for the interest of the state. Because if they go ahead with the election without the matter being determined, a lot of resources would be wasted”, he stated.
“Our prayer is that the time for the collection and submission of forms CF 001 and 002 should be extended in other to accommodate the claimants, because they have not been given the forms while other parties have been campaigning.
“Labour Party cannot campaign nor do anything, whereas the party is a registered party and is entitled to participate”, Mr. Mawa averred.
The counsel to Governor Amosun, Mr. Ayeni and the commission were absent at the hearing.