*Police deploys 9,000, NSCDC 2,850 personnel
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Independence Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) Chairman, Aare Isiaka Abiola Olagunju (SAN) on Friday assured that this hinted Saturday local government election in and across the state will be free, fair and credible.
Aare Olagunju who made this known while briefing journalists at the OYSIEC headquarters in Ibadan disclosed that the commission is committed into conducting acceptable local government election and as well ready to provide a level playing ground for all the political parties participating in the Saturday, election .
The OYSIEC Chairman maintained that the commission is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring conduct of free, fair election during the exercise.
Speaking further on the commission’s preparation for the election, Aare Olagunju said all sensitive and non sensitive materials needed for the elections have been moved to the 33 local government areas of the state for early take off of the elections across the state.
While calling on the eligible voters across the state to go out and exercise their franchise without any fears, Aare Olagunju said ” voting exercises is their legitimate rights to choose their leaders, most especially at the grassroots levels.”
Earlier ,the distribution of sensitive and non sensitive election materials was monitored by leaders of the 17 participating political parties , stakeholders including security agencies, journalists from within Oyo state and from neighbouring Osun, Ogun and Lagos states as well as independent election monitors .
As at the time of sending this report, the Oyo state Police command has announced the deployment of 9,000 of its personnel for the election while the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have also deployed 2,850 personnel for the polls.
Also, security has been beefed up in and around the OYSIEC headquarters for the commencement of the local government election on Saturday Morning.
New Nigerian gathered that the local government elections is to hold between 8am and 3pm amidst restrictions of movement of vehicles across the state except those on essential duties.