A chieftain of the All Progresives Congress APC, Barr. Ayodele Kusamotu, on Sunday called on the Governor Ademola Adeleke to cancel and void the nomination of his Special Adviser on Legal Matters, Barr. Hashim Abioye as the Chairman of the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission OSIEC.
In a statement issued and made available to newsmen in Osogbo, the Osun State Capital, Kusamotu who is a front-line member of All Progrsesives Congress, also noted that the nomination made was an aberration to the law and will be challenged before a competent court.
According to him “The Osun State Governor, Senator Nurudeen Jackson Ademola Adeleke raped and violated the law by nominating a card carrying and registered member of his political party , Peoples Democratic Party who also doubles as his Special Adviser on Legal Matters, Barr. Hasim Abioye as the chairman of Osun State Independent Electoral Commission. “
He stressed that: “The newly nominated chairman of the State Electoral Body is a member of the PDP who contested for Ifelodun State Constituency, Ikirun into Osun State House of Assembly in 2019 general elections where he lost to the candidate of the All Progrssives Congress (APC), Hon. Mulikat Adeola.”
Kusamotu emphasised that the nominee again contested for the primary of his political party in 2023 general elections for the same constituency where he lost to another member of his party in the primary, one Hon. (Barr.) Tajudeen Adeyemi who is currently representing the constituency in the Osun State House of Assembly.
The APC Chieftain contended that with relevant laws, a person to be appointed as the chairman of the State Electoral Body must be non-partisan, be of proven integrity with good character and not being a member of any registered political party.
It will be recalled that after losing the primary of his party, Governor Adeleke appointed Barr. Hasim Abioye as his Senior Legal Adviser on Legal Matters, the position he held until his latest nomination as the chairman of the State Electoral Body.
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