By Israel Afolabi
Osun Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) has advised the people of the state to shun electoral malpractices during the forthcoming local government election in the state.
The chairman of the commission, Otunba Segun Oladitan gave the charge at a two-day training workshop for electoral officers, Assistant Presiding Officers and OSIEC staff at the Fakunle Unity school Hall, Osogbo.
The workshop was tagged: “Towards Osun State Local Government Election: Updating Knowledge in Treads and Dynamic of Grassroot Election Management and Administration”.
He said the aim of the workshop was to update knowledge in trends for grassroots election, saying the state will hold the most acceptable poll for all stakeholders.
According to him, “by God’s grace local government election shall hold in Osun coming January 27th 2018, because there must be democratically elected people at the grass root in the state”.
He advised the trainees to do things in a proper was for credibility purpose.
He said, “OSIEC is not representing Osun State government but OSIEC is representing the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that is why it is the people that will make it effective”.
He then warned the trainees to shun partisanship because it is a call to duty.
He added that almost 18 political parties will participate in that election and urged people of osun to come out and cast their votes.
According to him, “those who have PVC only should come and participate in the election”.
The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the State of Osun, Dr Ajibola Basiru has described news of a Federal High Court in Abuja stopping all processes regarding the Local Government Election in the state scheduled to hold on January 27, 2018 as false and malicious.
In a post on his Facebook page on Monday afternoon, the commissioner said several posts that went round the social media earlier today about the issue are malicious and concocted lies.
Basiru said neither the State Independent Electoral Commission OSSIEC nor the Office of the Honourable Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the State of Osun was served any court process regarding the LG election.
The Attorney General however urged citizens and residents of the state to disregard the insinuation as the LG election will hold as planned.
Read the full statement below:
Our attention has been drawn to a news circulating to the effect that a Federal High Court in Abuja has stopped all processes regarding the Local Government Election in the State of Osun scheduled to hold on 27th January, 2018.
The Office of the Honourable Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice is not aware of any pending court action regarding the Local Government Election at the Federal High Court in Abuja and no court process has been served on our office.
I have also confirmed that State of Osun Independent Electoral Commission is not aware of any action at the Federal High Court Abuja and has not been served with any court process.
Consequently, we have no basis to believe or give credence to the news which has not been credited to any credible information source.
Dr Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru
Hon Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice,
State of Osun.
Issued in Abuja on 4th December, 2017