By: BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Chairman of Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC), Chief Jide Ajeigbe, on Monday disclosed that only two petitions were filed against the results of the May 12, 2018 Local Government election conducted and declared by the Commission .
Chief Ajeigbe stated this at the Commission’s headquarters in Ibadan while answering questions from newsmen shortly after he was presented with the credible leadership award by the Society for Advancement of Credible Leadership (SOACREL) .
According to Chief Ajeigbe, only one out of 610 councillorship and one out of the 68 Chairmanship results declared by the commission are being challenged at the local government election tribunal, adding that the petition on the chairmanship result has to do with internal wrangling within a political party, where one of the aspirants is challenging the candidacy of the person presented for the poll by the party.
He maintained that the few petitions that emanated from the results declared by OYSIEC was an indicator that the electoral process was credible.
SOACREL Director General, Ambassador Johnny Ben while speaking said the award was in recognition of Chief Ajeigbe’s immense contribution to the improvement of the electoral system in Nigeria, with the peaceful conduct of the May 12, 2018 local government election in Oyo state.
Emphasizing that “SOACREL is a registered civil society organization affiliated with the United Nations Volunteers (UNV), European Union (EU), African Union (AU) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI). ” he lauded the OYSIEC’s Chairman for providing a level playing ground and enabling environment for the conduct of a free, fair and credible council election in Oyo state.
” The award is our own form of encouragement to credible leaders, which is one of the highest callings and the most outstanding, recognition to personalities like you”.