June 15, 2024

LG election: You have disappointed Oyo residents – APC tackles Makinde, OYSIEC

The Oyo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared that Governor Seyi Makinde and the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) have disappointed the residents of the state.

The party made this allegation through a statement made available to DAILY POST by its Publicity Secretary, Wasiu Olawale Sadare.

DAILY POST reported that OYSIEC organised local government elections in all 33 local government areas of the state today.

The state governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, had earlier declared the election peaceful.

However, the APC, through its Publicity Secretary, Wasiu Olawale Sadare, alleged cases of non-availability of election officials, disenfranchisement of eligible voters, shortage of voting materials, violence, and threats to life in some parts of the state.

The party noted that this indicates both the governor and OYSIEC have disappointed the citizens.

Sadare, in the statement, described the ongoing local government council election as a sham.

He added that the election is capable of bringing untold disrepute to the state if allowed to stand.

“With what is happening at the moment in most polling units across the state, Gov. Seyi Makinde has again disappointed the whole world. He promised the people that their votes would count today but the opposite is the case. The good people of the state desired to participate in an election to elect a new set of council officials but what they are experiencing is nothing but a sham.

“OYSIEC failed to mobilise officials to attend to prospective voters in key polling units while also releasing inadequate voting materials to virtually all the polling units. In most polling units, officials of the commission did not arrive until 12 noon when most voters had left for their respective homes in frustration. This aptly validated the suspicion that the PDP had handed a script to the Commission to implement in their favor.

“In the 10 local government councils of Oke-Ogun, the official result sheets known as Form EC8A were withheld by OYSIEC’s Electoral Officers while political thugs were unleashed on some members of the opposition who asked questions in places like Kajola, Olorunsogo, Itesiwaju, Ibarapa East, Lagelu, Ido, Oyo East, Atiba, Oluyole, among others. The chairman of our party in Ibarapa East, Mr. Segun Ojediran, was violently attacked by the PDP thugs in Eruwa and he is now receiving treatment in a private hospital.

“OYSIEC has failed to accommodate more than 80 per cent of the eligible voters in the state today and there is no way the meager 20 per cent of people who were lucky to cast their votes in a lawful manner can decide the fate of the vast majority. Obviously, the Commission allowed a few people to cast their votes at the polling units while the balance of the majority rights to vote was secretly handed down to the PDP. Any electoral victory given behind closed doors is illegitimate, tainted, and unacceptable. Therefore, we call for the total cancellation of the whole exercise as it was done today.”

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