PPN picks holes in planned Ogun coun­cil polls

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Ke­hinde Akinyemi, Abeokuta

The Peo­ples Party of Nige­ria (PPN), in Ogun State, has faulted the state elec­toral body’s prepa­ra­tion for the Oc­to­ber 8 lo­cal gov­ern­ment and lo­cal coun­cil de­vel­op­ment ar­eas (LCDA) elec­tions.

The party al­leged that the body’s prepa­ra­tion might be an­other at­tempt by the rul­ing All Pro­gres­sives Con­gress (APC) in the state to rig out op­po­si­tion par­ties in the polls.

In a state­ment is­sued, yes­ter­day, by the state chair­man Bola Oyedele, sec­re­tary, Bambo Ola­jonlu, and pub­lic­ity sec­re­tary, Ajibade Muf­tau, re­spec­tively, the party queried the ra­tio­nale be­hind con­duct­ing elec­tions in the newly cre­ated LCDA with no guide­line.

“Our party has dis­cov­ered that the guide­lines re­cently pub­lished by the Ogun State In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (OGSIEC) are con­tro­versy laden” the state­ment said.

“We hope this elec­tion will not be a re­peat of the fraud per­pe­trated in the 2012 coun­cils’ elec­tions, when the rul­ing gov­ern­ment forced down the throat of its cit­i­zens, through mas­sive rig­ging and elec­toral panel ma­nip­u­la­tion.

“In as much as we de­sire and crave for grass-root de­vel­op­ment, the hasty and ill-con­ceived cre­ation of the new 37 lo­cal coun­cil de­vel­op­ment ar­eas is fraud-laden and po­lit­i­cally in­duced.

“We, at PPN, won­der how 57 coun­cil chair­men will sur­vive run­ning the coun­cils, con­sid­er­ing the paucity of funds from the fed­eral al­lo­ca­tion, and the present eco­nomic melt­down.”

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