By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has mandated all its members in Oyo State to stay away from the Saturday, May 12, local government elections in and across the 33 local government and the 35 Local Council Development Areas in the state.
Handling down the order at the end of the party’s state Working Committee meeting held at the party’s office located at Molete in Ibadan, Oyo State, PDP Chairman, Alh. Kunmi Mustapha, asked the party’s members to distance themselves from the Saturday local government elections in Oyo State.
The PDP Chairman in a release signed by the State Publicity Secretary of PDP, Engineer Akeem Olatunji, declared that the May 12 local government elections in Oyo State from “all indications has failed integrity test and a complete mockery of democracy due to the undemocratic remarks of OYSIEC Chairman on a radio program that he is not bound to obey Court Order as regards the conduct of the Saturday LG elections. “
The party emphasized that ” it is against the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for a state electoral body to delineate wards which is the statutory responsibility of Boundary Adjustment Commission, it will therefore amount to legalizing an illegality if PDP should participate. PDP as a party will never circumvent the constitution because it will lay a bad precedence.”
“It baffles the right thinking citizens that a government that refused to conduct local government elections for the past seven years citing cases instituted in court would now insist on conducting LG elections at a time critical stakeholders are crying foul with four different cases in court.” PDP stated.
The party also advised the people of Oyo State to boycott the local government polls in the overall interest of the people and that of the entire state.
“The party wishes to urge electorates to boycott the local government poll on Saturday because if an ordinary Ward Congress of APC could result to violence and infliction of injuries on their own party members and passersby, it will be suicidal and wasteful venture to participate in an elections of which its outcome is an effort in futility.”
Oyo PDP stressed that” the good people of Oyo State and even majority of APC leaders apart from Gov Ajimobi faction of the party know quite well that the foundation of the local government elections is being erected on sand and can’t stand the test of time.”
It however, congratulated the Ekiti PDP, Governor Ayo Fayose and entire people of the state for successful conduct of its governorship primary.
The PDP also disclosed that the party would on Monday 14th, 2018 inaugurate the State Executive Council, State Caucus and State Elder’s Committee at the Molete Party Secretariat.