By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Chairman of the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC),Mr John Ajeigbe on Friday hinted that the much awaited elections into the 33 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and 35 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state will now hold on Saturday May 12th this year.
The OYSIEC Chairman stated this while addressing a press conference at the Commission’s headquarters, at Agodi area of Ibadan, the Oyo state Capital to announce the new date for the coming polls.
Mr Ajeigbe declared that the coast became clearer for the council elections following the lifting of a Federal High Court injunction on the conduct of the local government elections in the state.
According to the OYSIEC Chairman, with the lifting of the Federal High Court injunction on the commission, OYSIEC is ready to conduct a ” free, credible and acceptable election” come Saturday May 12 this year.
“I am happy to inform you that the injunction order has been lifted and God’s willing any time from now, we will conduct the elections into 33 Local Council Areas and 35 Local Government Development Areas as earlier scheduled” he said
The OYSIEC Chairman however pleaded with the journalists in the state to guide against misleading stories culpable of militating against the interest of the commission,saying,” at this juncture, I wish to seize this opportunity to remind and appeal to all stakeholders starting from you gentlemen of the press that your cooperation, mutual understanding and cordial relationship is hereby solicited in this regard”.
” Members of the press, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I want to sincerely appreciate all of you for your patience and patriotic acts during the period of our travails. Kindly recall that I invited all of you her on Thursday 19th January 2017 after which we rolled out our time table to conduct locals government elections in the 33 local government area and 35 local council development areas. However the elections could not hold as planned consequence upon Federal high court Abuja verdict on the order of injunction “
Mr Ajeigbe added “ladies and gentlemen, distinguished gentlemen of the press I wish to share with you the rescheduled time table that God’s willing the local government elections into 33 LGAs and 35 LCDAs will now hold on Saturday 12th May 2018. A credible, free and fair election is possible under a peaceful and conclusive environment in which you pressmen has a greater role to play in this regard”
“You are all conscious of the fact that Oyo State is the central nerve of the political activities in the South Western part of Nigeria. I therefore want to appeal to the gentlemen of the pres to exercise caution such that information given to the good people of Oyo State will be balanced and unbiased.
The OYSIEC Chairman then emphasized that there will be no going back in the commission’s commitment to be ” an impartial and unbiased umpire,” before, during and after the May 12 elections.
” I wish to appreciate all stakeholders for your patience, continuous cooperation, understanding and support. Furthermore, let me also appeal to the various stakeholders to work hard, be focused and play the rules to ensure a free, fair and credible elections come Saturday 12th May 2018 by the special Grace if Almighty God”.