The organisation mandated to conduct the local government elections in Ogun State come October 8, 2016 does not seem to be any where ready for the assignment given to it, if the glut of misinformation and confusions emanating from that office is anything to go about.
The Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) is escalating the anxiety of people of the state by not been direct and specific in all the information it is giving out to the public.
When Ogun State muted the idea of Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) and eventually created it, we all rejoiced at the development, with the firm belief that development will now go round all areas neglected in the past.
However, the attitude of the state electoral body as it affected the creation and deleanation of wards leaves much to be desired, as the body has continued to argue and fight with itself in various publications recently released.
Let us ask the electoral body on its stand on the Public Notices placed in the newspapers recently. The two publications, to say the least, were at variance with each other.
Let us take the issue of Sango/Ijoko LCDA and Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government for example. In the first publication, Araromi, Ketere, Igbala and Irepodun were all said to be part of Sango/Ijoko LCDA.
However, in the second publication, the said areas, which were traditionally part of Sango, disappeared from the list published. One continue to wonder if the officials of OGSIEC ever demanded from the Ogun State House of Assembly and the Governor’s Office the memoradum of requests of the area in dispute, or even physically visited the place. The stand of OGSIEC, which is supposed to be unbiased and deem to be independent, is seriously in doubt.
The body, as a matter of urgency, should visit all areas been complained about, seek advice from the Office of the Governor and demand for memoradum and make amends.
- Abiodun Taiwo,
Sango, Ogun State.