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.

Osun LG Poll: Opposition Mischievous With Low Turnout News – OSIEC Chairman

By Nofisat Marindoti 

The Chairman, Osun Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC), Mr Segun Oladitan, has attributed the low turnout at some polling units at the Local Government election to misinformation by the oppositions.

Whiile speaking with newsmen at the OSIEC Secretariat in Osogbo, Oladitan said he was surprised at the reports of low turnout in some polling units.

He blamed the low turnout to misinformation being spread by those opposing the election in the state.

He described the oppositions as “mischief makers’’, saying they had been going around to tell the people that election would not hold.

Oladitan said the commission did a lot of sensitisation about the election, which resulted in large turnout of voters in some areas of the state.

Asked about the late arrival of election materials in some units, Oladitan said logistics and human factors were responsible for that.

Osun LG Election: 71 Councillorship Positions Up For Grab

•Closely Fought Contests Expected In Ife, Others

•318 Candidates Unopposed

By Francis Ezediuno

The Osun Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) has revealed that out of the 389 wards across the state that elections will be held, actual voting will hold in 71 wards, as 318 councillorship positions have been presented unopposed.

This was disclosed by the Commission Chairman, Otunba Segun Oladitan, during a press conference held to sensitise the public on the level of preparedness for the council polls that will be held on Saturday across the state.

Otunba Oladitan also noted that after the first press conference, the Commission registered 36 political parties for the upcoming polls and only 18 returned their forms.

“Also, 38 parties registered at the initial stage out of which only 18 signified their intention to participate”.

He also revealed that, 12 of the political parties that had earlier submitted their forms also withdrew from the race leaving the space for Labour Party, All Progressive Congress, Accord Party, Social Democratic Party and Allied Congress Party of Nigeria.

“I can reliably tell you that 12 political parties have withdrawn from participating in the election, leaving only six (6) political parties in the race”.

Stating further, Oladitan related that the issue of unopposed candidature presented a problem but the Commission resorted to the Electoral Act (2010) as amended.

“Furthermore, of all the candidates representing the participating political parties in the 389 wards across the state, 318 councillorship candidates in 318 wards have been presented unopposed representing candidates who satisfy the requirements of the law with reference to Section 41 of the Electoral Act (2010) as amended. Therefore, there shall be elections in only seventy-one (71) wards of this state”.

The Commission Chairman revealed that the spread is as follow: Osun-Central, 6; Osun-West, 13 and Osun-East; 52 wards, while the spread for the unopposed candidates was Osun-Central, 128; Osun-West, 117; and Osun-East, 73.

Going by the analysis, the election would be keenly contested in Osun East particularly in Ile-Ife and its environ where voting would be conducted in 52 wards.

Meanwhile, the Government of the state of Osun had earlier declared yesterday, Thursday, January 25 and today, Friday, January 26 as public holidays.

Local governments where the election will hold includes: Boripe, Atakunmosa East, West and West Central, Ife Central, Ife Central West, Ife East, Ife East Central, Ife North, Ife North West, Ife South-West, Ilesa East, Ilesa-West, Obokun, Obokun-East, Oriade, Oriade South, Ayedaade, Ede North, Ede North Area Council, Egbedore-South Administrative Office, Isokan Local Government, Iwo Local and Iwo-East.

OSIEC Says Coast Is Clear For Osun LG Election

The Osun Independent Electoral Commission says having crossed all legal hurdles set against the actualization of this Saturday’s Local Government Election in the state, the coast is now clear for the conduct of the poll.

A statement by the Chairman of the Commission, Otunba Segun Oladitan, out of the 389 wards in the State of Osun, candidates in 318 wards have been declared returned unopposed by the Commission as empowered by section 41(1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended 2015).

The statement notes that there will be contest in 71 Wards. In Osun Central, Boripe, Olorunda North and Osogbo LG.

In Osun East, Atakumosa East, Atakumosa West, Atakumosa West Central, Ife Central, Ife Central West, Ife East, Ife East Central, Ife Ooye, Ife North,Ife North West and Ife South West.

Others include Ilesa East, Ilesa West, Obokun, Obokun East, Oriade, Oriade South and Ife North Area Council.

While in Osun West Senatorial District, Ayedaade, Ede North, Ede North Area Council, Egbedore South Administrative Office, Isokan, Iwo and Iwo East will equally witness contests.

The statement further reads that as it stands now, six political parties will be participating in the election.

The parties include the Accord Party, ACPN, ADP, All Progressives Congress (APC) Labour Party (LP) and SOCIAL Democratic Party (SDP).

Otunba Oladitan while calling on the people of the state to troop out enmass to vote for the party and candidates of their choice, assured them of adequate security throughout the period of the election.

No Litigation Can Stop Osun LG Election – OSIEC

By Nofisat Marindoti

The Chairman of Osun Independent Electoral Commission, OSIEC, Otunba Segun Oladitan has affirmed the commission’s readiness to conduct the Local Government election come January 27 despite the litigations against it.

In a radio programme monitored by Osun Defender, Oladitan stated that the Commission has not been served legally, adding that the ruling of the High Court in Abuja on January 24 can neither disturb nor stop the conduct of the election.

The Chairman who stated that the commission is well prepared for the election, also assured that it would be free and fair.

Stating that the polling units would be tightly secured, Oladitan said there would be no movement from 7am and 2pm to avoid disruption and that the only pass across the units would be the PVC.

Asked when the result would be out, The OSIEC Chairman replied that it would be out almost immediately bearing on the geographical problems of some centres.

Oladitan also revealed that the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is not part of the 18 political parties that would be participating in the election.

Asked why the PDP would not be participating, Oladitan replied that it is not the duty of the commission to necessarily call the opposition to participate.

According to him, “18 political parties without PDP is participating, 36 parties showed interest but we discovered 8 were not registered with INEC. The nomination forms were given to the remaining ones but at the close of forms, only 18 responded and showed up interest to participate.

“It is not the responsibility of commission to call opposition to come and participate. Commission’s responsibility is to call people out to vote for councilors.” Oladitan explained.

Oladitan who also justified the parliamentary system of government to be used, explained that section 7 of the constitution says the mode of conduct has to be democratic but that the state has to make law according to its structure.

Why We Insisted On The Conduct Of LG Election – OSIEC

The Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) has reiterated its stance on the conduct of local government election earlier slated for January 27,2018, in the face of a pending litigation.

The OSIEC’ s Chairman, Mr Segun Oladitan asserted that the decision of the commission to go ahead with the exercise was hinged on the premise that the litigation does not in anyway affect the process of the contest.

It would be recalled that OSIEC, at a press conference late last year had announced its resolve and plan to conduct the councils’ poll on Saturday, January 27, 2018.

It was against the backdrop that a human right activist, Kanmi Ajibola and some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) approached the court, to declare the action as unconstitutional and illegal, arguing that the propose parliamentary system at the local government level is in conflict with electoral law.

However,  at a stakeholders meeting organized by the commission in Osogbo, the state capital, the OSIEC Chairman further opined that  the court injunction, which supposedly sought to halt the process would not prevent  the commission from conducting the poll as earlier announced.

Olaitan who faulted the process through which the injunction was served said, January 27 was sacrosanct.

He said, “when the date for the conduct of local government election was announced, the opposition party approached the court, seeking the conciliation of the process but instead of serving  the commission the notice of injunction in Osogbo, they brought it to liaison office, Abuja, which according to him does not fall under the jurisdiction”.

According to him, ” the local governments election was last held in 2007 and the forthcoming  election would take place on Jan. 27 , despite the court injunction.

“The method at which the injunction was served was questionable and the commission position is simple.

” The injunction served at liaison office in abuja would not bind the commission. We have not submitted our self to the jurisdiction of the federal high court”, he resorted.

While giving the breakdown of the election, Olaitan enunciated that out 389 wards in the state,  only  125 wards have more than one person contesting, while 264 wards have only one candidate contesting without opponent.

He explained that 18 political parties out of the 28 that registered would be contesting  in the  3, 018 polling units in the state.

Oladitan sought for the cooperation of the commission , security agencies and political parties to make the contest a success.

Olaitan who called on members of political parties to conduct themselves in a lawful manner in order to ensure itch free polls announced that,  there would be no vehicular movement between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Earlier, the Commissioner of Police (CP) in Osun, Mr Folahanmi Adeoye, enjoined all political parties not to take laws into their hands , adding that election is not a do or die affair.

Adeoye noted that  security agencies would not relent in their efforts to ensure hith-free exercise.

He called on relevant stakeholders to desist from any act capable of destabilizing the election.

Present at the stakeholders meeting are the security heads in the state, political parties, OSIEC staff , among others.

Osun LG Election Date Remains Sacrosant, OSIEC Insists

…faults litigation

By Nofisat Marindoti

The Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC), has faulted all litigations against the conduct of local government elections slated for January 27, adding that the election remained sacrosanct.

The Chairman, Mr Segun Oladitan, said this while addressing OSIEC and Ad-hoc staff at Osogbo during a 2-day training workshop for Electoral Officers, Assistant Electoral Officers and OSIEC staff on Tuesday.

Oladitan thereby urged all stakeholders to join hands in making the process free, fair and credible.

Oladitan said that being a lawyer of repute, the litigations after thorough studies, are not sufficient nor capable of putting a halt to the election.

He charged participants to see themselves as ambassadors of the commission and work assiduously to ensure a free, fair, credible and successful election.

The chairman also congratulated the officers for being found worthy of the assignment especially when such election was held 11 years ago, but warned them not to endanger themselves by engaging in any form of electoral malpractice that could land them in trouble.

According to him, only Councillors would be elected at the polls, the officers should educate the electorate on parliamentary system of government adopted by Osun which provides for election of chairmen by prospective elected councillors of local governments.

Oladitan however, disclosed that 18 political parties would participate in the election on Jan. 27 and noted that the Commission is fully prepared for a credible election.

Osun LG Will Hold, Date Remains Unchanged – OSIEC

The Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC), has called on the people of the State to disregard the rumored news of a court injunction stopping all processes leading to the conduct of LG election in the state come January 27, 2018.

According to a statement issued by the Commission and signed by its Chairman, Otunba Segun Oladitan, the news is fake, illogical in reasoning, hogwash and incapable of standing the test of time.

Advancing reasons for his position, Otunba Segun Oladitan wondered how such an injunction would be granted without the other party having a say in the matter.

According to him, the State of Osun Independent Electoral Commission is not aware of any court process involving it in an Abuja Federal High Court and as such cannot be stopped through a funny means by the same court from performing its constitutional duties.

In addition, Otunba Segun Oladitan queries the locus of the Federal High Court based in Abuja to meddle in a matter affecting the conduct of LG Election in the state of Osun by the State Independent Electoral Commission.

Describing the news as a figment of the imagination of its proponents, Otunba Oladitan assured all well meaning people of the State that his Commission is very focused and working round the clock to deliver the most credible and acceptable LG election in the state of Osun come January 27, 2018.

Osun LG Election: OSIEC Calls For Registration Of Political Parties 

Ahead of elections into all Local Government Councils in Osun, the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) has called for registration of all political parties with registered offices in Osun.

 

 

A press release signed by the Chairman of OSIEC, Otunba Segun Oladitan, stated that the political parties’ registration with the commission kicks off tomorrow Wednesday, 4th October and ends on Monday 9th October, 2017.

 

 

While giving the location where the registration exercise will hold, he said, OSIEC secretariat, Old Ikirun Road, Testing Ground Area, Osogbo shall be where the registration exercise will hold.

 

 

Otunba Oladitan stated that the exercise becomes very important in view of the strategic position of political parties in electoral matters.

 

He further state that for the forthcoming LG election to be successful and acceptable to all, the OSIEC must be seen to be fair to all political parties and other stake holders, hence the reason for the registration of political parties to know them closely by way of constant interactions.

 

 

The OSIEC Chairman however urged all political parties to cooperate with the commission by taking the registration exercise seriously.

 

OSIEC Dismisses Speculations On Councils’ Election

By Kehinde Ayantunji

The Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) has dismissed claims that Local Government Election would hold in December this year, saying the commission has no clear mandate on the conduct of the election.

The commission described the speculations as unnecessary, illegal and of no effect, adding that those making such declaration lack constitutional power to do so.

OSIEC by virtue of Section 197 of the 1999 constitution is empowered to conduct the local government election.

Chairman of the commission, Otunba Segun Oladitan while reacting to speculations that local government elections may hold in December this year said, the commission has not commenced any process to conduct the local government election.

He said, “It is annoying and ridiculous that people are fabricating local government election date in Osun, which is creating unnecessary tension and mounting political pressure on the stakeholders when in real sense such date was never discussed by the appropriate authorities”

“By law, OSIEC is the only authority saddled with constitutional responsibility to conduct local government election and as far as the commission is concerned, no month or day has been picked for the election and I urged the public to ignore such speculation”.

“Election is a serious business that involves many stakeholders, it must be consciously planned for in accordance with the existing laws, election under this leadership will never be spontaneous, and it would involve many stakeholders.”

When asked specifically on when the commission intends to conduct the election, Oladitan said the commission would conduct delineation exercise as empowered by law with the creation of the new Local Council Development Areas (LCDA) and Administrative Offices by the state government.

He said, with the new arrangement, the political delineation of some council areas were altered which require new voting and collation arrangements in compliance with the existing laws.

The chairman also explained that at the moment, there are no structures at the local government level that can effectively coordinate electoral activities in the existing 67 council areas and administrative offices which must be put in place before any election could hold.

“Local government election was last conducted 10 years ago without any major activities from the OSIEC, you cannot even find the presence of any facility at the local level.”  “Aside all these, we have 90 days constitutional mandatory notice that must be complied with, and you must understand that we cannot just issue 90 days notices, we must  have concluded all necessary arrangements in consultation with political parties, security agencies, and other stakeholders and draw a time table before the 90 days notices.”

The chairman also denied recruiting ad-hoc staff at the local government level for the purpose of conducting any election and warned members of the public not to fall victim of the fraudsters, assuring that the commission will adequately communicate the process for the election at the appropriate time.

The State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Kolapo Alimi was recently quoted by the media (not Osun Defender) that the local government election would hold not later than January next year, but there are no clear evidence that plans are ongoing for such election.

OSUN DEFENDER findings revealed that local government election expenditure was not in the 2017 budget as passed by the State House of Assembly except the commission through the State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola would request for the supplementary budget before the end of this fiscal year.

The last local government election was conducted in 2007 during the administration of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and the acclaimed elected officers were sent out in 2010 by the supreme court for the failure of the then OSIEC to issue 180 days mandatory notice.

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State, Prince Gboyega Famoodun recently disclosed that Governor Aregbesola would conduct local government election before the 2018 gubernatorial election.

According to Famoodun, the state government and the APC were preparing to conduct elections into the local government offices across the 67 local governments and area councils in the state.

He attributed the delay in the conduction of the local government elections to a suit filed against the state government on the constitution of Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSSIEC) by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).