ADC Chieftain condemns ODIEC over controversy surrounding Ifedore LG by-election
ADC Chieftain condemns ODIEC over controversy surrounding Ifedore LG by election
Residents as well as members of All Progressives Congress(APC) and Action Democratic Congress (ADC) clashed with some members of an APC factional group in Igbara-Oke, Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State as they trooped to the street protesting the announcement of APC candidate as the winner of the councillorship bye election in Igbara-Oke Ward 1.
The councillorship seat of the Ward 1 had remained vacant since last year when the local council elections held as there was crisis over the candidate presented by APC, Kehinde Lawal , who was said to be an Osun State indigene and ADC presented , Busola Ojo
The Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC) was said to have conducted the bye election on Wednesday in the three remaining wards, two in Akure North Local Government Area and the other one in Ifedore Local Government Area.
But the election was said to have been stalled by the natives of Igbara-Oke, including members of APC, when officials of the electoral commission came with inadequate voting materials.
The natives were said to have chased away the ODIEC officials and the election did not hold.
Crisis broke out on Thursday evening when the state electoral commission allegedly announced the APC candidate as the winner of the election that allegedly did not hold.
Youths of the community went into the street, protesting the announcement of the APC candidate as the winner of the election.
It took the intervention of the state Security Network otherwise known as Amotekun Corps to quell the crisis.
Reacting, a chieftain of ADC in Ifedore Local government ,Hon. Gbenga Fapohunda condemned the action of ODIEC, describing it as a conspiracy against the wish of the people.
He explained that the ruling APC-led government in the state should be realized that it’s not compulsory that it must win all political seats, but rather should allow the wish of the people to prevail in a democratic dispensation.
Fapohunda said: “It is unfortunate that we are still experiencing this kind of political shenanigans in our society after over 20 straight years of civilian rule.
APC should understand that, it is not compulsory that all elective positions must be occupied by members of the ruling party.
The people have a right to choose who to represent them in public offices and that is the essence of election in democratic setting ”
The Ilara mokin born politician also said that ” ODIEC should try to live up to expectations. It should be fair to all participating political parties in the election. It is an aberration for the electoral body to declare results for an election that was never held ”
Efforts to get in touch with the state Publicity Secretary of APC, Alex Kalejaye proved abortive as his mobile line was not connecting and there was no reply to a message sent to him as at the time of filing this report.