In response to former governor Alao Akala’s plea to postpone the May 22 Local government election in Oyo state, the Oyo State Independent Electoral commission (OYSIEC), through its chairman; Aare Isiaka Olagunju, SAN, has stated that the election will go on as planned as there is no justification for the Commission to shift the election to a later date.
The OYSIEC boss said this on Sunday explaining that the commission has embarked on visitations and consultations to political parties, religious centers and other relevant stakeholders across the state immediately after the inauguration of the Commission on September 3, 2019 citing that the essence of the commission’s many visits to all political parties’ offices was to reassure every participant of OYSIEC’s impartiality and commitment to free, fair, transparent, and credible local government polls.
Aare Olagunju therefore disclosed that it would be unfair to other political parties who have put in structures and efforts targeting the election to extend the already scheduled for the election because of one political party.
He communicated his surprise at calls by former governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala and other APC leaders in the state to extend the election date for them to participate.
“I was at APC secretariat to visit Baba Akin Oke and other state Exco to assure them of our sincerity. We begged and appealed to them to participate in the election because we knew the likely outcome of the court judgment.” Olagunju said.
Aare Olagunju consequently declared that the election will go on as planned owing the preparations already undertaken by the commission and participating political parties.