AJIMOBI EXPRESSES SATISFACTION WITH CONDUCT OF LG ELECTION

….CONDEMNS IBADAN CULT WAR, CONDOLES WITH FAMILY OF SLAIN GIRL

Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has condemned the resurgence of the cult war in Idi-Oro and Ayeye areas of Ibadan North West Local Government, which allegedly claimed the life of an innocent young girl, on Saturday.

A statement by the Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy to the Governor, Mr. Bolaji Tunji, said that the governor was pained by the disturbing news, especially coming on the heels of the successful conduct of the state’s first local government election in 11 years.

He said that the governor condoled with the family of the victim and vowed to ensure that the perpetrators were brought to justice.

Ajimobi said, “From the intelligence reports at my disposal the perpetrators of this heinous and condemnable crime were the recalcitrant cultists engaging in supremacy battle in Idi Oro and Ayeye areas of Ibadan who yet to embrace our peace initiative.

“That they chose to disturb the peace of the neighbourhood on the day Oyo had a very peaceful LG election across the state is regrettable. I was told that elections took place successfully in the polling booth closest to the scene of the incident without any hitch before the cultists struck.

“I want to use this opportunity to condole with the family of the victim for the irredeemable loss. Let me again warn that those bent on scuttling the peace that we have enthroned across the state in the last seven years will leave to regret their action.

“I have directed the security agents to ensure that they fish out the perpetrators of the crime and ensure that they are brought to justice. I want to appeal to the good people of Oyo State to join hands with the government to sustain our hard earned peace.”

Meanwhile, the governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the LG across the state, saying he was highly impressed with the turnout of voters.

The governor cast his vote at 12:07pm. along with his wife, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi, at Ward 09, Unit 20, Community Grammar School, Oluyole, Ibadan.

He said that reports reaching him from 33 local governments and35 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) of the state indicated that the exercise was peaceful, orderly, free and fair.

The governor expressed confidence that his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) would win in all the local governments and LCDAs in the state due to the outstanding performance of his administration in the last seven years.

Ajimobi said that his administration had enthroned peace and security since its inception, thus erasing the typecast of Oyo as a state of brigandage and violence and had promoted the socio-economic well being of the people of the state.

He also expressed happiness that in spite of the several failed attempts at conducting the council elections occasioned by some legal encumbrances, the exercise eventually held in a peaceful atmosphere.

Ajimobi called on Nigerians to support the enthronement of good governance by getting their voters’ cards with which they could exercise their franchise.

The governor, who described voting as the civic right of every individual and an avenue to either remove a non-performing government or retain a performing one, thanked the people of the state for their understanding and support.

He said: “As you can see, the election has been free, fair, peaceful and orderly. It is well organized and our people are casting their votes without let or hindrance. I like to commend the people of Oyo State for continuing this process that we had started.

“Oyo State used to be seen as a state of brigandage, where violence reigned. But since we came in, we have established and encouraged peace and development as well as promoted and enhanced the socio-economic well being of our people.

“I am happy that despite the needless controversies which had trailed our patriotic attempts to conduct the local government elections, the exercise has eventually held.

“I also like to encourage our people to get their permanent voter cards (PVCs). Nigeria will surely get better with good governance. But we cannot get that if we do not have the instrument of voting.

“I am confident that our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) will win this election by a landslide, regardless of the people making noise. We are used to noise making. It is part of the game of politics.”

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Abiodun Odude, who was also on hand to monitor the exercise, said his men had been on ground to ensure orderly conduct of the exercise.

He said that all the areas he had so far visited indicated that the election had been free, fair and peaceful.

Odude said: “My observation in all the voting centres that I have visited so far shows that the election has been free, fair and peaceful.

“Men of my command have been on ground at every point of voting across the state. Aside the areas I visited, the reports from the rest of the state showed that we have had a successful exercise.”

Voters stay away from polling units

In ward wards 5, 9 and 10 of Ibadan South-West Local Government, the voter apathy was palpable as most of the voters stayed away from the polling units.

In Unit 47 of Ward 9, with 403 registered voters, only 19 voters took part in the exercise, with the All Progressives Congress (APC) polling 11, while the African Peoples Alliance (APA )and Action Democratic Party (ADP) polled six and two votes respectively, in the chairmanship and councillorship elections.

In most areas visited by Sunday Tribune, it was evident that the adhoc officers at the polling booths had less job to do as many of them were seen resisting the urge to sleep at some of the units.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) OYSIEC, Mr Cosmas Oni, confirmed the low turnout, saying he had also visited three local governments as at the time he spoke with Sunday Tribune.

He said: “I also noticed apathy in most places I have monitored, except in ward three and four in Ibadan North local government area. People came out fantastically in these two wards, but over all, the election is going on peacefully which is a good news to us at OYSIEC.”

Party accuses OYSIEC of fraud

Meanwhile, there was a mild drama at Ibadan South-West Local Government Council where the spokesperson of the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN), Abbey Bamigboye, accused OYSIEC of disenfranchising the party’s candidate for the chairmanship election by denying him nomination form.

He said the act amounted to fraud on the part of OYSIEC.

Bamigboye stated that despite OYSIEC denying SPN nomination form to participate in the election, the only local government the party is fielding candidate in the entire 33 local government and 35 LCDA in the state, OYSIEC went ahead to include its logo on the ballot paper throughout the local governments in the state.

LG poll, wake up call for APC—Unity Forum

In another development, the APC Unity Forum, a group within the party in Oyo State, has said the abysmally low turnout in Saturday’s local government election in the state “is a wake-up call on the leadership of the party to intervene in the crisis rocking the party in the state and reposition it for a good outing in the 2019 general election.”

The Forum, in a release by its secretary, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, stated that the poll was a referendum on the party and that the low turnout was an indication that the party needed to be re-invigorated to stand a fair chance in next year’s elections.

He said the poor turnout was also a confirmation that the Unity Forum was the mainstay of the APC, which had the capacity to mobilise members of the public to participate in elections and vote for the party.

“We have said it for the umpteenth time that the members of the Unity Forum constitute more than 70 per cent of the membership of the APC with a history of party loyalty,discipline and proven capacity to deliver the votes.

“It was to the members of the group that the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu turned in 2015 to secure needed votes for the second term bid of Governor Abiola Ajimobi,” it stated.

The consent of the elders, who today constitute the pillar of the Unity Forum provided the leadership for the party’s success at that poll. So is the contribution of local government chairmen who toiled day and night to ensure the victory of the party.It is gratifying that 28 of the 33 council chairmen who ensured the governor’s second term victory are members of the Unity Forum.

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