Aare Isiaka Abiola Olagunju, SAN, Chairman of Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC), has instructed members of political parties in the state to be more serious with their preparations for local government council elections to achieve their aspirations.
He gave this advice in his address to members of registered political parties, in Oyo State at OYSIEC Office, Agodi Quarters, Ibadan
Aare Olagunju, commended the executives of political parties for their cooperation towards the success of the elections, advising the leadership of political parties to further educate their followers on the importance of maintaining good conduct during the campaign and on election day.
Further adding that the commission is still looking into their request for the reduction of the prescribed fee to permit all political parties to participate actively in the elections.
“Our target is to have the election as planned, political parties are equal before us, and we are extremely determined to be transparent.
“We are open to constructive criticisms and also ready to listen to advice
“We appreciate political parties that have acted based on our request while appealing to remaining parties to kindly do the needful within the time frame agreed upon.
“On our part, the election will be fair, free, credible and transparent,” Olagunju added.
In their Separate Remarks, The State’s Chairman, Inter-Party Advisory Council, Otunba Adegbenro Fagbemi and National Vice Chairman, All Progressive Grand Alliance( APGA), South West, Dr Samson Olalere, underlined the necessity for political parties to identify localities at which they have the possibilities of emerging victorious during the elections and plan accordingly.
The IPAC chairman also appealed to all and sundry to trust OYSIEC, as regards its pledge of conducting credible elections, come May 15, 2021, by participating actively in the poll.
“The integrity of OYSIEC team is at stake, and we cannot judge or conclude that there won’t be a level playing field for all political parties as promised by the commission, until after the elections”
“The task ahead concerns the electorates, political parties and the umpire itself.
“We have to come together to develop our dear state, so, let’s give the commission the benefit of doubt and feed credible candidates for the elections”.
The stakeholders’ meeting, scheduled to hold continually, had in attendance the representatives of political parties that are present in the state.