By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
The Inter Party Advisory Council, IPAC, Oyo State chapter has accused the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission, OYSIEC) of not being sincere with its promise to conduct free, fair and credible local government election in the state come February 11, 2017.
IPAC at a press conference in Ibadan addressed by its Oyo state chairman, Alhaji Waheed Oyewole declared that the claim by OYSIEC to conduct the polls on February 11 next year was in disparity with its body language on the election with “its poor preparation and non-communication with stakeholders” ahead of the local government elections.
He pointed out that the commission had failed to reply several letters written by IPAC showing alleged insincerity of the electoral umpire to conduct a free, fair and credible election.
“OYSIEC is not sincere about the conduct of Local Government election in the state. We can’t wait indefinitely. We are ready for February election if OYSIEC is ready. We will not allow them to rest because we are ready to sit down with them and sort out any challenges likely militating against the conduct of the election. I don’t think anything should be done in secrecy. IPAC is an advisory body, and we’re ever ready to function in that regard effectively” he said.
Alhaji Oyewole specifically accused OYSIEC of “care-free attitude towards the polls” ,saying, ”as we speak, IPAC has written several letters to the Chairman of OYSIEC as regards the forthcoming council polls but there was never a reply from the Commission”.
Emphasizing that there is the urgent need for the commission to act in accordance “with the issued time-table and laid down rules” Alhaji Oyewole said “apart from the time-table that was released, OYSIEC has failed to give out appropriate forms to all political parties for effective participation. We suspect the inevitable as regards OYSIEC failure to put up all machineries that should be in place”.
“The announcement by OYSIEC to conduct an election in February 11, 2017 has not been met with the right attitude towards the actualization of the said election. The unpreparedness of OYSIEC has exposed their insincerity to conduct a free, fair and credible election if at all it did happen”.
Alhaji Oyewole stressed that in as much as IPAC will never be a party to call for a postponement of the elections, it will enjoin “OYSIEC to henceforth do the needful and communicate well with all political parties” on the February poll.
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.