Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Wednesday, called on Governor Rauf Aregbesola to immediately set machinery in motion to conduct local government election and appoint commissioners that will serve the state.
The PDP, in a statement issued in Osogbo by its spokesperson, Prince Diran Odeyemi, said even if the results would be written before polls are held, elections should be conducted into local government areas to confer legitimacy on those that would run last layer of government in the state.
The last local government election in the state was held 10 years ago during the Olagunsoye Oyinlola-led administration of the PDP while no commissioner had been appointed two years into the second term in office of Governor Aregbesola.
According to Odeyemi “After those elected completed their tenure in 2011, executive secretaries and their team were chosen by Governor Aregbesola and were later replaced by council managers appointed from top echelon of career officers in the local government.”
The statement reads: “Even if Aregbesola would pre-write the result, let him conduct local government election and stop this charade. Osun people are not happy with him, inclusive of All Progressives Congress (APC) members.
“Nothing is moving here. Only himself, deputy, SSG and Chief of Staff are ruling the state which is why the state has been in the news for wrong reasons.”
“Local government election was recently held in Ogun State. Oyo State is planning its own, and these two states have commissioners in their various ministries but nothing of such is happening in Osun State despite all of them being controlled by APC.
“Let our governor appoints his APC members so that the state can move forward.
“Things cannot continue this way. The presidency, press and indeed the rest of the country should prevail on Aregbesola and save Osun from this brink and quagmire,” Odeyemi concluded.