THE Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP’s) chairmen for Ilesa East and West Local Government Councils in Osun State have concluded plans to have the proposed polling units where registered voters are expected to cast their future votes restructured to stand in front of houses of party stalwarts in the council areas, OSUN DEFENDER can now inform.
In a memo to the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state and signed by the council chairmen, Isaac Komolafe and Ibukun Fadipe, requested for the creation of Ijesa Central Federal Constituency from the existing Ijesa South Federal Constituency said to be the most populated in the state and about the largest geographically going by the last population census.
The memo which stated that the Ijesa South Federal Constituency was made up of the two councils in Ilesa and the Atakumosa East and West Local governments in the adjourning Ijesaland, however dictated which wards to be split and where the proposed polling units in the constituency to be sited.
The duo of Komolafe and Fadipe applied for the breaking up of ward 2, Imo into two , ward 9 Anaye into two and ward 10 Isare into three, to serve the party’s parochial political interest.
They demanded in the memo that the proposed polling booths should be erected in the immediate vicinity of the leaders of the party in the affected areas.
One of the proposed polling units, Olukanni House Frontage, Isona Street, faces directly beside the house of Col. Wole Olukanni (retired), a PDP chieftain and chairman of the Governing Council of Osun State College Education Ilesa.
Another polling unit, Makinwa Model Primary School, Oke-Iyanu, is said to be in the neighbourhood of the extended family house of the Ilesa East council chairman, while fingers are pointing at the Barakuda shop frontage polling unit, Okesa, said to be owned by Chief Olori Omo, a PDP tin god.
By FEMI OLUSESI