The Peoples Democratic Party, Osun State Chapter, has described the announcement made by the Chairman of Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) on the plan to conduct Local Government elections in Osun State on 15th October 2022, as being illegal.
Dr Akindele Adekunle,The caretaker Chairman of the PDP in Osun State on Monday said the party has raised alarm earlier about the plan to conduct local government elections by OSIEC but the OSIEC Chairman, Otunba Segun Oladuntan dismissed the same as a rumour.
He said The OSIEC chairman, Oladuntan, invited political parties for a briefing which they tagged “a PARLEY ” on Friday 12th August 2022.
“The PDP was ably represented at the meeting and a warning letter was openly presented and spoken to before the Commission.
” The illegality of the purported election is not only what is at play but also the attendant criminality being perpetrated by OSIEC and the financial injury such wasteful callisthenics will foist on Osun people”, he said.
He said, “the OSIEC Chairman seems adamant in going ahead with the illegal election and as such, we in the PDP will not fold our arms and watch the APC turn our dear state into a lawless entity”.
The party has invited the attention of the Inspector-General of Police to the imminent criminality and further invited the police authority to the looming breakdown of peace and order in Osun State in the event OSIEC proves to be above the laws of the land regarding the conduct of the election.
He said, “We will engage in all lawful means including mobilising the masses of Osun State, who have entrusted us with the mandate to protect their interest, day-in, day-out, in peaceful protests against the illegal and atrocious plans of OSIEC against the state”.
Akindele assured the good people of Osun State that they will do everything under the precinct of the law in making sure that Osun State is not further dragged into dungeons of economic retardation through the kangaroo election being proposed by the defeated governor and his conducts in OSIEC.
However, he said, matters concerning the conduct of the election are already before the court of law and will rely on the processes enabled by our laws to strengthen the nation’s democracy and enlighten the Apc government to come to terms that government activities must not always be premised on crude arrogance and wanton illegality.
He called on masses of Osun State to join the PDP in its efforts towards putting out the fire of crisis the defeated APC Administration through OSIEC is trying to plant in the state.
InsightMedia has earlier reported that the OSIEC on Monday announced October 15 as the date for the local government elections in the State.