Osun gov dragged to court

Osun gov dragged to court

Osun gov dragged to court

Osun State Governor Ademola Adeleke has  been hauled before the National  Industrial Court for the unlawful dissolution  of statutory boards that his  predecessor had established.

Governor Adeleke had dissolved four statutory boards, including the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission, OSSIEC, Judiciary Service Commission, Civil Service Commission and the Osun State House of Assembly Service Commission.

In addition, the Governor appointed and installed new commissioners after the  House of Assembly approved his nominations on Monday. In independent lawsuits filed before the Industrial Court’s Ibadan division, board  chairs and disbanded commission members asked the court to rule that their  dissolution was unlawful, beyond the bounds of authority, and unconstitutional.

Through their attorney Kunle Adegoke, SAN, Olusegun Oladitan (OSSIEC), Babafemi  Olatunji (Civil Service Commission), Adebayo Waliyu (Judicial Service Commission),  and Awolola Abiodun (House of Assembly Service Commission) requested that the  government and its representatives force the boards to be reinstated so that they  can finish their five-year term.

The chairman and members of the OSSIEC board urged the court to declare it illegal  for the defendants to refuse to pay their salary and emoluments starting in  November 2022. Meanwhile, three board chairmen and members urged the court  to order the defendants to pay their salaries and emoluments from November 2023  until the expiration of their tenure and also demanded damages to the tune of N500 million. The Osun State House of Assembly, the Commissioner for Finance, the Governor of  Osun State, the Attorney General, and the Commissioner for Justice in the state are the  defendants in the original summons.

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