Oyo LG polls mere selection, 6 parties allege 

Six of the opposition political parties in Oyo state, Monday, described the just concluded April 27th local government polls in the state as mere selection and not election.

Speaking on behalf of the six political parties, the state Chairman Social Democratic Party, Hon. Michael Okunlade, alleged that the election was full of deceits and frauds which should not be allowed into history of local government poll.

The parties were the All Progressives Congress (APC), African Action Congress (AAC), African Democratic Party (ADP), Labour Party (LP), Social Democratic Party (SDP), and the Young Progressive Party (YPP). 

Hon Okunlade said the people of the state should disregard the claim by the state IPAC Chairman that the election was free and fair, saying the statement was not the position of IPAC.

He stressed that the outcome of the election was known to the whole world and the public who at different times expressed their reservations about the so-called 2024 local government elections. 

“Our observations and position 

owing to the statement made by the IPAC Chairman, we regret to say that the statement represented his personal opinion and his cohort in IPAC and bring therefore, questions of integrity”, he said 

Hon Okunlade added, “However, we would like to give Otunba Adegbenro Fagbemi benefit of doubt that he probably mistakenly used IPAC name instead of his party, APM that he represented. And we equally doubt if his party participated in the election”.

 “For him to have gone to the public to made a statement that OYO LG polls was free, fair and credible is a careless statement that does not represent the position of members of IPAC”. 

Hon Okunlade stressed, “in a situation where over 70% of polling units did not receive ballot papers and stingily distributed to some other polling units, can anyone adjudged that as an election.

“Even as a chairman of IPAC, he does not have the moral right to declare the election otherwise because the ruling PDP is also a member of IPAC.”