*Solicits stakeholders, political parties support
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Chairman, Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC), Aare Isiaka Abiola Olagunju, (SAN) has disclosed that the commission is committed to conducting free, fair and credible local government elections in the state.
Aare Olagunju (SAN) stated this at the OYSIEC headquarters in Ibadan on Tuesday at a meeting with leaders of political parties in the state on the 2024 Local Government Council Elections in Oyo State.
He pointed out that there is the need for political parties and other relevant stakeholders in the state to play according to the rule in the interest of the state for a free, fair and credible elections.
“The Commission can only achieve success with your support and cooperation, the government in all fairness is ready to conduct the election”, he said.
Aare Olagunju added, “ We did our best during the last local government council elections, what is important is to have a common goal of serving the people, we are all human beings, we should be united and endeavor to do the right thing at all times”.
” Kindly appeal to your people to have trust in the Commission, if you have a credible candidate, definitely, that person will win, on our part at the commission, we won’t compromise”.
According to Aare Olagunju (SAN) emphasized that serving the people accordingly should be a common goal, which all political parties should strive to attain, adding that the commission will continually engage the political parties and other relevant stakeholders for a successful poll.
The Chairman, Inter Party Advisory Council, Oyo State, (IPAC) , Apostle Dare Ojo while speaking stressed the need for proper planning and better orientation of key players in the election process as this would go a long way in achieving a peaceful election.
Apostle Ojo charged on all the political parties in the state not to see the elections as a do-or-die affair but develop the spirit of sportsmanship while going into the polls.
He urged the leadership of OYSIEC to synergize with relevant stakeholders and intensify efforts in educating the populace on the need to embrace local government elections to record massive turnout on election day.
” The meeting was encouraging and most of the political parties were on ground. We brainstormed on how the last Local Government Election went, how to prepare for the next one. All political parties would participate, including the APC, as long as we have a common goal”, he said.
Apostle Ojo added, “My submission is that political leaders should have the spirit of sportsmanship, and we take that spirit to the election day. We should be able to see it as a football competition when two people are playing, one has to win, one has to lose.For OYSIEC, all election materials should be on deck on election day, adequate publicity on recruitment of ad-hoc staff and training are essential”.