Ife Central Renovates Secretariat

The Secretariat Complex of Ife Central Local Government at Ajebamidele, Ile-Ife, the State of Osun has worn a new look, as the outgoing Caretaker Management Committee, led by Barr. Posi Omisakin out of passionate concern and commitment for the well being of the staffers recently renovated the secretariat.

Part of the refurbishing done on the complex are, roofing of the leaking section of the Secretariat which has made some portion of the council almost inhabitable, refurbishment of the burnt offices of Budget, Establishment and Office of the Supervisory Councilor for works, patching of the broken floors within the Council, as well as the repainting of the complex.

According to a statement by the Local Government Information Officer, Mr. Demola Salami, Omisakin was not leaving any stone unturned in ensuring that people of the council live in a clean environment by putting in place appropriate measure on environmental sanitation.

Such measures according to him, include procurement of sanitary equipment for market places and communities within the council area, mapping of the wards, as well as evacuation of refuse within the council area among others.

PDP Retains Osun Assembly Ife Central Seat In Bye-Election

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate in the Ife Central State Constituency bye- election, Chief Dipo Eluwole was yesterday declared winner of the exercise held on Saturday and concluded yesterday.

Eluwole, who was returned elected with a total of 5,504 votes, beat the Accord Party candidate, Mr. Segun Fanibe and ‘Tilewa Sijuade of All Progressive Congress, APC, to second and third positions respectively.

The Accord Party, AP, candidate polled 4,790, while APC candidate, garnered 4,587 votes.

Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had on Saturday declared the rerun election inconclusive.

The Returning Officer for the election, Mr. Francis Oladimeji said while speaking at the collation centre said: “Election in two polling units were cancelled. That is Agbedegbe Street, Moore Ojaja Unit 02 and Moore Ojaja.

“The number of accredited voters in the two units is 872. The margin between the first two candidates is 710 by our record. Following the regulation, where the number of cancelled votes is more than the margin between the two leading candidates, we cannot announce the winner.”

Ife Central State Constituency Bye- Election: INEC Assures Residents Of Free And Fair Poll

By Opeyemi Jelilat, Osogbo
A total of sixty-two thousand, three hundred and ninety three (622,393)  eligible voters are expected to participate in the saturday April 9 Bye election into the Ife central state constituency, Osun state.
INEC resident electoral commissioner in charge of the Bye election Alhaji Nasiru Ayilara stated this while briefing newsmen on the commission’s level of preparation for the poll.
Alhaji Ayilara who maintained that INEC is prepared to conduct a free, fair and credible poll come saturday, disclosed that the materials for the bye election were already in the custody of the commission and would be distributed tomorrow for upward movement to the local government.
While assuring the 817 adhoc staff of INEC of their safety‎, Ayilara explained that there would be restriction of movement between the hours of8:00am and 4:00pm in the local government.
He said “due to the political nature of the local government area,the commission has fashioned out to security measures that would guarantee the safety of both INEC officials and the electorates.
” we had met with all the security agencies in the state and they have assured the commission of safety of both electoral officials and the voters”.
Meanwhile the two major political parties in the state have expressed divergent views on the commission decision not to distribute the materials today.
‎The agent of the All progressives Congress Mr Adeosun Razak said ” it is unconventional that we will inspect materials today, leave them at the state secretariat of INEC and then wait till tomorrow for the materials to be moved to thee field. We have not done this before, the normal practice is to examine the materials and get it loaded into local government vehicles for movement.
In fact, it is in our practice in the APC that we get our own people to accompany such materials to the field, because we have had cases in the past when materials were diverted”
But the Agent of the Peoples Democratic P‎arty, Mr Sunday Adewole believes that the decision ” will prevent ballot papers from being moved to wrong places or hand. It’s good that INEC decided to wait till friday before moving the materials”
‎The Bye election would take place in 168 polling units of 11 wards in Ife central local government area of the state.
‎The Ife central state constituency in the osun House of Assembly became vacant following the death of the minority leader of the house Hon Oladejo Makinde, on December  27th 2015.