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MAJOR GENERAL KAYODE ONI RTD v. GOVERNOR OF EKITI STATE

(2019) JELR 87054 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  SC.622/2015  •  18 Jan 2019  •  Nigeria

Coram
OLABODE RHODES-VIVOUR..... Justice, Supreme Court OLUKAYODE ARIWOOLA..... Justice, Supreme Court JOHN INYANG OKORO..... Justice, Supreme Court CHIMA CENTUS NWEZE..... Justice, Supreme Court AMINA ADAMU AUGIE..... Justice, Supreme Court

Judgement

AMINA ADAMU AUGIE, J.S.C. (Delivering the Lead Judgment):

The Appellants were appointed full-time Chairman and Members respectively of the Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission [E.S.l.E.C.] by the State Governor. The first paragraph of the letters of appointment, dated 10/10/2008 and issued to each one, reads:

I am pleased to inform you that the Governor of Ekiti State, Engr. Olusegun Adebayo Oni has graciously approved your appointment as Full-time [Chairman/Member] State Independent Electoral Commission with effect from 8/10/2008. The appointment is at the pleasure of the Governor please.

The tenure of Engr. Olusegun Adebayo Oni as Governor ended on 15/10/2010, when his election was nullified by the Court of Appeal. After the then new Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi came on board, the Appellants, on 22/10/2010, heard an announcement on radio that the new administration had dissolved all the Commissions Boards and Parastatals in Ekiti State, including the said E.S.I.E.C.

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