Osun LG Poll: Accord Party Accuses OSIEC Of Denial To Sensitive Materials

By Nofisat Marindoti

Two days after Local Government Parliamentary Election was conducted in 71 wards in the State of Osun, Accord Party has accused the State Independent Electoral Commission, OSIEC of denying its party agents access to sensitive materials before the election.

The Chairman of the party Mr Segun Fanibe who spoke on a radio programme monitored by Osun Defender said he had expected that the Party agents would be called to inspect the materials the night before the election.

Alleging that OSIEC as a scam, Fanibe also accused the commission of only allowing the ruling party, The All Progressives Congress, APC, agents to inspect the materials at the polling units.

However in a swift reaction, the Chairman of OSIEC who was also on the programme, Otunba Segun Oladitan said it was not possible party agents are called to inspect sensitive materials the night before the election.

Oladitan who said the materials could only be inspected at the polling units, also denied the allegation that only APC agents were allowed to inspect the sensitive materials.

“Ask him at what point were they not allowed? Was it at the headquarters or the polling units? No political party was disallowed from inspecting the materials and you can only inspect at the polling units not the night before. If you are not satisfied, let’s meet at the tribunal.”

Reacting to Accord Party Chairman’s claim that the ballot papers arrived late at some polling centers, Oladitan stated that there is no election where the materials arrive on time.

LG Polls: An Acid-Test For OSSIEC – Osun Accord Party Chairman

By Shina Abubakar

The Chairman of the Accord Party in the State of Osun, Mr. Segun Fanibe has disclosed that Saturday’s local government election in the state would make or mar the reputation of the State Independent Electoral Commission (OSSIEC).

He disclosed this in an interview with OSUN DEFENDER on the party’s preparedness for Saturday’s local government election across the state.

He said the party does not have any confidence in the state electoral body to organise a free and fair poll because it has not hold any such election in the past and there is nothing to hold as a qualitative measure of their ability to do a good job.

Fanibe disclosed that Accord hopes that OSSIEC would prove to be independent and organise a free and fair poll so that the populace, especially stakeholders would begin to have trust in it, as well as attest to the credibility of the election.

“OSSIEC has never organised any election in the past and you cannot just put any trust in such a body to be free and fair or even independent but this Saturday would go a long way to prove whether the body has credibility or it is just organising a charade.

“As you can see most of the populace are not even aware of the local government polls for this Saturday, which is part of the responsibility of OSSIEC to enlighten the people but as a party we on our own have been going round to mobilise people and also go on mass media to alert them of their responsibilities. But we would be waiting to see the organisation and the outcome of the polls to measure the credibility of the body”, he added.

Speaking on the litigation before the Federal High Court in Abuja which was pending during this chat, he disclosed that the party believed in the rule of law and whichever way the decision of the court goes, the party would abide by the decision, but added that it would no longer be forced to stay away from any election in the state.

According to him, the party has 59 candidates for the election and is hopeful that if the election is free and fair and allow the will of the people take priority, all its candidate would return elected.

“Accord party is fielding 59 candidates across the state and we are working hard to return all of the candidates because we rely on the electorates to decide their fate and not on the power of incumbency and we are hopeful we will triumph”, he added.

Accord Party Boasts To Win Osun Governorship – Party Secretary

By Sodiq Lawal

Despite its little capacity of membership and political clout, the Accord Party in the State of Osun has boasted that it will provide good leadership if the party takes power from the ruling party in this year’s Governorship Election.

The Secretary of the Accord Party, Ife Central branch, Hon. Adedeji Olayinka disclosed this in an interview our correspondent in Ile Ife.

The Accord Party did not win a single unit, ward, local government or senatorial district in the 2014 elections that produced the sitting Governor Rauf Aregbesola for a second term in office.

The All Progressives Congress APC has also vowed to reclaim the seat and beat all parties hands down in the September, 2018 elections as a testimony to the unprecedented achievements of Governor Aregbesola in his two terms of governing the State of Osun.

Olayinka who opined that residents of the state are tired of both the APC and PDP administration with the Accord party being an alternative.

According to him, “the reformed Accord Party is working assiduously to make life more meaningful for Osun and as you can see all hands are on deck to ensure the party provides the people with good governance rooted in democratic ethos.”

INTERVIEW: Accord Is The Party To Beat In Osun – Fanibe

Political parties are already warming up in the State of Osun, as the local government election has been slated for January 2018. In this interview, the State Chairman of the Accord Party (AP), Hon. Segun Fanibe spoke with SOLA JACOBS on the chances of his party and the political climate in the state. Excerpts.

OSDF: Your party sometimes in 2016 came second in the rerun House of Assembly election in Ife Central State Constituency, what was the magic?

Fanibe: I won’t call it a magic, it is not an illusion, but a reality. The secret behind it is the interest of the populace after they had got tired of the party A and B. People are tired of going forward and backward.

I want to tell you that Accord Party is in 29 Local Governments, including the Area office and before the end of November, Accord Party will be officially launched in the remaining one Local Government in the state. In Ife Central House of Assembly election, where my party was said to have come second, I want to tell you that we won the election, but our victory was shortchanged. One, the election was conducted in my local government and we defeated the incumbent party, that is, the Peoples Democratic Party, but the PDP shortchanged us. Just take note that the police later arrested five hoodlums of the party who stole five ballot boxes.

Secondly, the popularity of the Accord Party in that election was premised on my own antecedent. Prior to this time from 1996 till date in Ife Local Governments, I have been paying WAEC/SSCE fees to support indigent students in the programs that over hundreds have benefited across Ife and its environs, provided financial supports for small scale traders since 1999 till date; God has also given me the privilege to provide humanitarian supports for civil servants, teachers and retirees in 2015, just as I have supported the physically challenged people in one way or the other. That has helped a lot in giving our party the capacity to pull our weight, especially in Ife Central during the rerun election.

OSDF: On the forthcoming local government, what is your take on the parliamentary system of government that will be employed to choose the council leadership?

Fanibe: The OSSIEC held a meeting with political parties and intimated us with the arrangement, but we did not agree with the arrangement. We are practicing presidential system of government and the state want to use parliamentary system, the two are incomparable, as we have not practice the duo together in Nigeria.

OSDF: What is the chance of your party in the coming election?

Fanibe: If the government in the state will be honest in the process, the Accord Party will be the party to look out for based on my own survey. Our chance is bright, as the people are trying other alternatives; I am only appealing to the government of the day to maintain its integrity.

To digress a bit, I want to give kudos to Osun State government on the Osun West Senatorial bye election. This government had convinced me that this is a peaceful government and that there is no election that worth anyone’s blood.

I hope that the same stand will be sustained in the forthcoming election, they should be fair, as sometimes, integrity can earn you more than what you deserve.

OSDF: Let’s look at the crossing carpeting of the leader of your party in Southwest, Chief Rasheed Ladoja from AP to PDP, is it a signal that your party is supporting PDP in the forthcoming election?

Fanibe: In the whole South West, it is only Chief Rasheed Ladoja and only a fragment of his group that are forming alliance with the PDP, the bulk of his supporters and other groups still remain in the party. And I want to add that as Ladoja is out, Doyin Okupe comes in, he is also a known name. One is out, one is in and we are still expecting more. People are talking with us and we are expecting something greater as many politicians will soon join the party, which will boost our chances.

OSDF: What is your perception of Osun politics?

Fanibe: Osun State politics, from the two party we have tested I can only tell you that it is just like two faces of a drum. I won’t mention names, but we all know that one has done wonderfully well than the other. Besides, there is a relative peace in the state, which from experience was not like this before. The truth is that the present government of the APC has done well in Osun going by series of welfare programmes it has embarked on.

I think we have learned our lessons, we‘ve gone through the first 16 years of the PDP, and this is another seven years of the APC, all together 23 years of experience, which is enough for our people to know what they want. We‘ve seen what had been done, the capacity of the two sides, but Accord Party will do differently. The Peoples Democratic Party coming back is the same people that fails and oppress us in the past coming back and the APC with its hunger policies, the Osun people should have learned their lessons.

Okupe Dumps PDP For Accord Party

Former Senior Special Assistant on public affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe has joined the Accord Party.

Okupe, who recently dumped his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made the announcement on his Facebook page on Tuesday.

He said he decided to pitch his tent with the Accord party, after due consultations with political associates.

Okupe stated that politics to him, goes beyond personal relationships or associations or friendships.

Read his full statement:

“Following various consultations with political associates, family and friends I have decided to formally join the ACCORD Party.

My decision is based on deep reflection on who I am and what I want from politics.

To me politics does not begin and end with winning or losing elections. It’s not about big or small parties either. It’s also beyond personal relationships or endearing associations or friendships.

There exists in our communities several platforms on which such affiliations and sentiments can be sufficiently gratified.

To me, Politics is about, Service to the people, policies and ideologies that will serve the best interests of the greater majority of the society, Forthrightness and accountability, Honour and Integrity.

I am not desperate to be anything anymore. But I am desperate to find and work with other Nigerians especially our young and vibrant upcoming politicians, to establish a political incubator to breed a new generation of leaders who will do things right, maintain high ethical standards and abhor greed,avarice, selfishness and impunity.

Most of our national parties presently and in the past were put together with a false sense of national spread but majorly, irrespective of how they came to power, end up being inequitable and manifestly exists to serve the interests of a minority few and/or that of a tiny section of the country.

I want to belong to a political party that will be able to publicly state it’s position on troubling national issues like, requests for self determination by a section of the country, resource control, federalism and Restructuring, Religious intolerance, atrocities of fulani Herdsman, unequal standards in national university admission policy, and many more.

Any political party that does not have an openly stated position or Stand on these issues is a mere association of elites coming together only to feather their own nests or at best a deceptive political contraption put together by a few to seize power for a few and for the benefit of a few.

An official date of declaration by me and my numerous supporters in Ogun state will be announced shortly”.

Merger Talks Ongoing Between Accord Party And PDP In Oyo

A group of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders in Oyo State visited Accord National Leader, Sen. Rashidi, Ladoja in Ibadan yesterday in furtherance of the merger talks between the two parties in the state.

Led by a former military governor of Lagos State, Brig. Gen. Raji Rasaki (rtd), the team discussed with the Ladoja team the need to integrate fully with the PDP before the national convention of the party slated for next month.

On the team were the State Chairman, Mr Yinka Taiwo; a former senator representing Oyo Central Senatorial District, Ayo Adeseun; a former Chief of Staff to Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, Dr Saka Balogun; Mrs Bose Adedibu and proprietor, Jogor Centre, Mr Femi Babalola, among others.

According to a reliable source, Senators Teslim Folarin and Hosea Agboola were also billed to attend the meeting but they travelled for an urgent engagement.

The team was the committee set up by the state chapter of the PDP to work on the integration of Ladoja and his team into the PDP at the shortest possible time.

The source said both parties were yet to present their terms of engagement but that they have indicated willingness to work together in preparation to the 2019 elections.

It was learnt that the meeting went well with both sides looking forward to starting negotiations on the proposed merger.

Both the PDP and Accord lost to the APC in the 2015 general elections. The merger talks arose from the belief in both parties that the merger will produce a formidable party to contend with the APC in future elections.