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Osun: IPAC Questions OSSIEC’s Readiness To Conduct Credible LG Election



-Passes Vote Of No Confidence On The Commission

The Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), on Thursday passed a vote of no confidence in the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSSIEC), questioning its readiness to conduct credible local Government election in the state.

IPAC in a statement made available to CityMirrorNews in Osogbo, on Thursday condemned what it described as a political game orchestrated by OSSIEC , saying action of the commission signaled apparent attempt to manipulate the electoral process.

OSSIEC Chairman, Barrister Ashim Abioye had announced that the local Government election would be held on February 22, 2025.

However, IPAC in a statement jointly signed by its State Chairman, Pastor Victor Akande, Secretary, Mr Oluseye Odesola and IPAC State Publicity Secretary, Dr Gbenga Afeni rased concerns over OSSIEC’s credibility in Local Government elections.

The statement reads: Despite OSSIEC’s recent publication in the Nigeria Tribune on February 19, 2024, announcing plans to conduct local government elections within set guidelines and schedules, IPAC is compelled to bring public attention to what appears to be a political game orchestrated by OSSIEC.

“IPAC members closely monitored OSSIEC’s actions and noted with concern the commission’s apparent attempt to manipulate the electoral process.

“Despite the promising leadership at OSSIEC, including a dynamic chairman and commissioners, IPAC observed a lack of concrete action on the ground.

“The commission’s publication mentioned a mere 42 working days for party primaries to commence, failing to reference relevant electoral laws or guidelines that should guide their operations.

“IPAC is deeply concerned that OSSIEC’s approach signals a reluctance to conduct transparent and credible elections.

“The lack of communication with political parties since the initial meeting raises further doubts about OSSIEC’s commitment to a fair electoral process.

“The current administration’s shift towards caretaker coordinators instead of holding timely local government elections adds to the uncertainty surrounding upcoming polls.

IPAC called upon the Osun State House of Assembly to intervene and prompt OSSIEC to adhere to constitutional obligations within a reasonable timeframe.

“The question remains: Will there be local government elections in Osun State, or will political maneuvers overshadow the democratic process?” IPAC asked.