Minister describes Oyo LG poll a charade

Henrietta Strickland
May 16, 2018

Low turnout at polling units, deserted roads, closed shops and markets, characterised Saturday's local government election held in 4,783 polling booths, 5,210 points, 610 wards across Oyo State.

"We have proved skeptics and the doubting Thomas wrong with the successful and orderly conduct of the local government election, 11 years after the last one was held".

Speaking on the smooth sail to victory for the APC, the caretaker chairman of Ibadan South-West Local Government, Mr Gbenga Opaleye, said other parties like PDP, SDP and Accord, decided not to participate in the election to avoid inevitable loss to the APC.

The swearing-in and oaths of allegiance were administered on the council chiefs by Chief Judge Muntar Abimbola.

The governor urged APC faithful across the state to be orderly and law abiding in their conduct, while he advised those that might be aggrieved with the outcome of the LG election and APC local government congress to explore lawful channels to seek redress.

"Your victory at the polls should be seen and understood as a call to service, which demands a great deal of dedication, commitment and sacrifice".

"It is hoped that this kind of maturity exhibited before and during the conduct of the election will be sustained so that good democratic values would be further achieved at the grassroots, " he said. "Elections should not always be about winning, but about taking part", he said.

Whilethe Unity Forum held the congress for Akinyele, Ibadan North West and Oluyole Local Government Areas at the APC secretariat, the Forumheld that of Ibadan North East Local Government at St. Many of them are coming to me, but, they are all my people.

"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.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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