Chairman, Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC), Aare Isiaka Abiola Olagunju, SAN, has admonished participating political parties in the forthcoming Local government election in the state to strengthen their efforts on their preparations for the poll.
The OYSIEC boss stated this while addressing members of registered political parties in Oyo State at OYSIEC Office, Agodi Quarters, Ibadan.
Aare Olagunju commended the senior officers of political parties for their cooperation towards the success of the elections, called on leadership of political parties to further educate their followers on the need to maintain good conduct during the campaign and on election day.
He hinted that the commission is still consulting on their request for the reduction of prescribed fee to allow 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.
Reacting separately to the statements, 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, emphasized the need for political parties to identify localities at which they have the possibilities of emerging victorious during the elections, and strategize accordingly.
The IPAC chairman also appealed to everybody to give OYSIEC the benefit of doubt, as regard 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 which is scheduled to hold continually, had in attendance the representatives of popular political parties that have presence in the state.