By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday described the plan by Governor Seyi Makinde to conduct fresh local government election in May this year as mockery of democracy and a mere waste of time and resources
APC in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan by the Special Assistant (Media) to its Caretaker Chairman, Chief Akin Oke, and Secretary to the Committee on the Membership Registration and Revalidation Exercise, Olawale Sadare frowned at the planned polls
According to the party, the planned election stands as a theatre of the absurd which could not attract the attention of any serious political player or pundits and that Governor Makinde had again exposed himself as a person who lacked respect for the principle of constitutional democracy and the rule of law.
“It is obvious that the governor knows that his decision to sack democratically elected chairmen and councillors is an aberration as well as a slap on democracy and the rule of law. This has reflected in the back and forth tactics he has been using in calming the nerves of the people over the stagnation he has brought into the administration of the third tier of government in the state”, it said.
APC added, “and to further demonstrate his disrespect to the Judiciary, Gov. Makinde waited for the Supreme Court to pick a date for its judgment on the ALGON case against him before ordering his stooges in OYSIEC to roll out guidelines for the purported plan to conduct a fresh local government election in the state”.
“In the mind of the governor, the worst scenario would be for the Court to order financial compensation for his victims in lieu of the last two years of the tenure which he has robbed them”.But our firm belief in the judiciary as the last hope of the common man gives us an assurance that Gov. Makinde and his party would be utterly disappointed this time because it is clear that he had acted illegally and shamefully to the consternation of all defenders of democracy, rule of law and rationality”.
The party maintained, “for us in APC, our resolve to remain calm so far in the face of oppression, injustice and rights violation was borne out of our commitment to peace in the society as well as the protection of the nation’s fragile democracy’
Oyo APC recalled that it recently granted a request for visitation by the chairman and members of the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission appointed by Gov. Makinde without a recourse to the illegality surrounding their appointment, adding, “we did this to demonstrate our commitment to dialogue and peaceful resolution of any matter of contention in democracy.
” The team led by Mr. Isiaka Olagunju (SAN) was told in clear term that our party would always be ready to act in the interest of the society, democracy and the rule of law. What this simply indicates is that we would never be a party to any illegality or act capable of setting a bad precedent in the country no matter the level of intimidation or blackmail.