Following the continual detention of Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, fondly called Sunday Igboho, the Ilana Omo Oodua, the umbrella body for Yoruba Nation self-determination agitation, has reportedly stated that they will stop the upcoming Governorship election in the South-West through legal means.
This was reportedly disclosed in a statement by the leader of the group, Prof. Banji Akintoye, and signed by the spokesperson of the group worldwide, Maxwell Adeleye, on Sunday.
The statement read that, “For clarity purpose, the decision to boycott and do everything within the ambits of the law to stop the Osun and Ekiti States 2022 Governorship Elections was taken by the Congress of Ilana Omo Oodua on 22nd December 2021.”
It maintained that, “Our argument is that with a valid constitution force majure and notice of constitution grievance already declared in line with the United Nations and African Union Charters on People’s Right which Nigeria is a signatory to, the 1999 constitution which the Nigerian Government wants to use to conduct the Osun and Ekiti State Elections has already been invalidated.”
It added that, “Notwithstanding our position, we resolved to approach the courts within the jurisdictions of Ekiti and Osun States to put our democracy into test by demanding a declaration that there’s indeed a constitutional dispute in Nigeria and as such, the elections in Ekiti and Osun states should not be conducted, hence the basis of the declaration from Professor Banji Akintoye that “there ‘ll be no Governorship elections in Osun and Ekiti States in 2022”.
It also remarked that, “Anyone perpetrating or planning violence is not one of us. We want to assure that if we lose in the Nigerian Courts, we shall take our case to the ECOWAS Court or the International Court of Justice. It is no retreat, no surrender.”