Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has inaugurated the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC), charging its members to deliver credible, free and fair local government election in the state.
The governor on Thursday stated that the commission, headed by Mr. Isiaka Olagunju, has been saddled with the responsibility of overseeing an election, which outcome will reflect the will of the people.
He charged the commission to, within the shortest possible time, make the will of the people prevail by conducting a local government election that is unbiased.
Speaking at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, venue of the swearing-in, the governor added that his administration is ready to conduct the local government election, as it has allocated money for OYSIEC in the 2020 Budget.
He promised that his administration would not interfere with the activities of the commission.
He said: “I want to thank the House of Assembly for confirming you in a timely manner. I hope that you will also imbibe the sense of urgency and conduct credible local government election in Oyo State within the shortest possible time.
“We knew this would come and we already allocated money in the Oyo State Budget for this year to conduct the election. Within the shortest possible time, please give us elected officials at the local government level that are known to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Governor Makinde, who said he has not yet indicated whether he will be running for another term in 2023 or not, as it is too early to be thinking of that for now, appealed to the opposition in the state not to overheat the polity.
He urged politicians not to see elections as war or a do-or-die affair, but allow the will of people to prevail.
“Some parties said they want to unseat me in 2023. It is okay, but I have not indicated the interest to run in 2023, as it is still too early. I may or may not. I have a second address and that is what we want to encourage in our space.
“This board will have free hand. If they want to unseat me, it’s fine; but they should contest and win many councillorship seats as much as possible so that we can know they are really serious. I will encourage them and others to contest in 2023.
“Who knows who is going to be alive in the next hour? We are only sure of this moment. So, they should calm down. Elections should never be war or a do-or-die affair. Election in a democracy should be about the will of the people.”
He added that members of the board are men and women of integrity with track records, admonishing them to do the work that will make people of the state proud of them.
“I believe that the mandate of this board is to conduct an inclusive election. So, gone are the days when the governor of the state will manipulate matter so that some political parties will not field candidates. We are not here to play games.
“So, I am saying to this board that the will of the people must remain sacrosanct. We have sent your names to the House of Assembly. We believe you are men and women of integrity. I have met one or two of you personally. It is not about the political party but the interest of the state and I believe the state will be proud of you,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the board members shortly after the swearing-in, the chairman, Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission, Mr. Olagunju, assured the people of the state that the board will conduct a credible and transparent local government election.
He called on the people to have confidence and trust in the commission, adding that they will not be biased towards any political party and that the will of the people will prevail.
Olagunju said: “The essence of inaugurating the board is to organise and manage local government election; that is our mandate and we have to follow it.
“We were just inaugurated today. We need to go back to the office, see what is happening before we can talk about when to hold the election. It is possible this year but everything depends on the circumstances that we find ourselves when we get to the office.
“When His Excellency was inaugurating the commission, he gave us the mandate that we must ensure that the will of the people prevail and that it is sacrosanct. So, we want to assure the people of Oyo State that we will conduct a transparent, credible and acceptable election.
“I can also assure that people will have confidence and trust in the commission. It will be our joy that all political parties will participate in the election process. The governor has also said that we should not favour any party, because he is not in support of impartiality.”
The Board members include: Comrade Adeniji Babatunde, Alhaja Ganiyat Saka, Mr. Emmanuel Olanrewaju, Chief Kunmi Agboola, Mr. Aderemi Ayoade, Mr. Sunday Falana and Mr. Adeojo Elias.
The swearing-in was attended by the Deputy Governor, Engr. Rauf Olaniyan; Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun; Chief of Staff, Chief Bisi Ilaka; Head of Service, Mrs. Ololade Agboola and other cabinet members, as well as chieftains of the PDP in the state, led by the chairman, Alhaji Kunmi Mustapha.
Oyo: Why I am happy I didn’t win 2019 election – Adelabu gives reason
Oyo state governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) In the 2019 election, Chief Adebayo Adelabu on Thursday said he was grateful that he did not win the 2019 election, adding that he would be a better governor in 2023.
Justifying his statement, Adelabu, who spoke during a media parley and lunch with journalists in Ibadan, the state capital stressed that losing the election has afforded him opportunity of knowing more about how progressives in the state operate.
According to the former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN), unlike before, he has warmed himself into the heart of the grassroots and members of his APC.
Commenting on the present administration’s performance, he said almost two years after Governor Seyi Makinde was inaugurated, nothing concrete could be pointed to as achievement of PDP-led government.
He said, “Everything this administration promised the people of the state is still on their wish list 16 months after coming on board. With the caliber of people that have returned to APC, no party can stand the way of our party.
“No state needs a governor before salary is paid. When salary is paid through statutory allocations and it goes straight to the Accountant General, they take it to the bank and they pay. Why must that be the major achievement of any governor?
“And when you embark too much on populist programmes, which, in most cases, are not always giving the state sustainable development, it is more about immediate consumption.
“Populist programmes are short-lived. Within a short period, people will know that this man doesn’t really have so much to offer in terms of sustainable infrastructural development.
“It is going to two years now, can you point at one or two major projects that this government has completed? Everything is still on their wish list and if wishes were horses, beggars would ride,” he concluded.
Oyo: Adepoju dumps ZLP for PDP, describes Makinde’s achievements as unprecedented
Former House of Representative candidate under the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in 2019 general election in Oyo State, Dr. Adebayo Anthony Adepoju has dumped the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) and joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), describing the achievements of Governor Seyi Makinde as unprecedented
Adepoju, who is currently the Executive Chairman, Water Cooperation of Oyo State, together with other decampees joined PDP on Wednesday in Igboora, the headquarters of Ibarapa Central/Ibarapa North Federal constituency.
According to him, looking at all the achievements of governor Seyi Makinde since his assumption of office, someone will want to joined the success to further take the state to its glorious destination
“Am happy for today’s event because we have in attendance people of great minds in the whole of Ibarapa land who have decided to come together to work for the progress of Oyo State so as to take the state to a greater heights
While answering question on what makes him to dumped his former party and joined PDP, Adepoju noted that the uniqueness of PDP makes it different from other party, saying that what the current administration in the state led by governor Seyi Makinde is doing is worthy to be emulated
“Governor Makinde has tried in all sector since his inception as the governor of the state, and this are what makes other states across the federation to be following the foot step of the governor.
In his remarks, the speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Debo Ogundoyin described Dr. Adepoju as an exemplary son of Ibarapa land who has been contributing his quota for the development of the state, saying that PDP in the state is ready to meet the yarnings of the people in the state
Ogundoyin however appreciated the support giving to PDP by the people of Ibarapa, calling on them to give necessary support to the reconciliation committee currently going on in the party so that it can yield a meaningful result
Meanwhile,the chiarman of the Oyo South Senatorial District, Sir Samuel Olawuwo said that the PDP government is ready to address all the needs of the people, saying that “We need to unite so that enemy will not divided us, all the party leaders are already in talks with the aggrieved party members so as to beings them into one folds, let us all be in love to move this great party to a greater height
Dignitaries at the event include: the representative of the Oyo State governor, Mr Seye Makinde, Commissioner for Youth and Sport in Oyo State, Hon. Seun Fakorede, Commissioner for Special Duty, Hon. Funmilayo Orisadeyi, Special Adviser to governor Makinde on disabilities, Barr. Adekanbi, Hon. James Olukunle, Sir, Samuel Olawiwo, and Alhaji Mukaila Lamidi among others.
‘My loyalty remains with Makinde, PDP’ – Ex- Oyo deputy speaker declares
A former Deputy Speaker and the Chairman, Oyo State House of Assembly Service Commission, Rt Hon (Dr) Musah Abdulwasi on Tuesday declared that his loyalty remains with the Governor Seyi Makinde and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Abdulwasi said this while answering questions from journalists in Ibadan, the state capital, concerning the returning of some Unity Forum members to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The gubernatorial candidate of the African Democratic Congress, ADC, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, some leaders and members of the Unity Forum had returned to the APC recently.
But the Saki-born politician said he had since joined the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP under the leadership of Engineer Seyi Makinde, adding that his people in Saki West local government have been attending the PDP’s meetings and other events.
Abdulwasi who contested to be a member of the House of Representatives for Saki West, Saki East and Atisbo federal constituency under the platform of the ADC said he’s no more a member of the ADC and he has picked a membership card of the PDP in the state.
“Thank you very much for that question. My loyalty remains with our Governor, His Excellency, Engineer Seyi Makinde. My people in Saki West have been attending the People’s Democratic Party meetings and other events.
“I’m no more a member of the ADC, I don’t know who are those that returned to the All Progressives Congress, APC as you asked. I have nothing to do with the ADC.
“I have picked up my PDP membership card. You know what that means? Engineer Seyi Makinde is my leader and the leader of my people. I’m committed to the success of this administration”, he submitted.
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