An Osun State High Court sitting in Ilesa has declared that the change of name to “State of Osun” by Gov. Rauf Aregbesola is illegal, null and void. Delivering the judgment on Thursday, Justice Yinka Afolabi ruled that the law and its makers were unknown to the 1999 Constitution.
Delivering judgment which lasted more than one hour, the judge chided Aregbesola for deliberately and singlehandedly renaming the state, contrary to the known norms and the nation’s constitution.
He also declared that the makers of the law, who are currently serving as members of the State House of Assembly, were not sworn in as members of the “State of Osun House of Assembly” but as members of Osun State House of Assembly going by the seventh schedule of the constitution.
The judge said that since the creation of the state in 1991, previous governments used the constitutionally envisaged name of Osun State. All the other 35 states of the federation, he added, had not deviated from the constitutional names given to them.