APC tasks Makinde on free, fair April 27 Oyo LG poll

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Thursday asked Governor Seyi Makinde and the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) to make the conduct of the April 27 local government elections in the state free, fair and credible.

APC in a statement by its Oyo state publicity secretary, Olawale Sadare stated that all eyes are now on Gov. Makinde and the OYSIEC on the local government elections

The party said in the April local government elections, there is the need for voters in the state to shun apathy and come out on April 27 to vote for its candidates, saying “doing so would be the only antidote to the imminent total collapse of the 33 local government councils as well as erosion of democracy from the grassroots level.

Sadare said: “As a responsible political party, the question of whether we would participate in the planned election has been addressed. For the sake of record, we never shied away from performing our duties as this concerns fielding credible candidates for lawful elections and ensuring citizen’s participation in constitutional democratic processes.

“We insisted on the usage of BVAS for this election because we wanted OYSIEC to be fair to all parties concerned and it should be known that the machines could not function in favour of our party alone on the day of election. But when it became obvious that OYSIEC would not be able to secure the machines from INEC, we mobilised some of other serious parties and got assurances of idea conduct of the April 27 poll from the state electoral body.

“We got the OYSIEC chairman, Aare Isiaka Olagunju (SAN), and his commission to restate their commitment to a free, fair and credible poll as they agreed to the following terms; one, only original an owner of a PVC, who shows up at the polling unit on the day of the election will be eligible to cast his or vote. Two, comprehensive voters register will be reproduced and pasted on the wall of each polling units three or four days to the poll.”