By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
A non-political group in Osun State, Democracy Vanguard has called on the State Governor, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola to conduct local government election without further delay.
The group, in a statement signed by its coordinator, Olowu Emmanuel, a copy of which was obtained by Western Post in Osogbo on Monday, emphasised that the conduct of LG election in the State is non-negotiable.
Emmanuel said: “It is an illegal act for any state government to jettison the organization of local government election as such act is an aberration to the letters of our Constitution, Section 7, which recognizes that local government councils must be democratically run through elected representatives.
“Most at times, state governments exercise illegal power to upturn the local government electoral process to suit their interest and such act grants them the illegal power to subdue the powers of the council leaders and take over the constitutional duties and responsibilities of the local governments and invariably making council leaders, ineffective, jobless and useless as we are currently witnessing in Osun.
“For the purpose of emphasis, the beauty of any democracy is popular participation and if by any political reason, a state government chooses to use its executive, legislative or judicial power to impose members of their political parties into local government councils as leaders or prevent the conduct of democratic elections, it’s an illegal act and we in the Democracy Vanguard are ready to campaign against such illegality and to mobilize the electorate to demand a just electoral process across all levels of government in Osun in particular and Nigeria at large.
“We, therefore, wish to remind Osun State Government under the leadership of Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola that since Friday 5 of February 2021, (Over three months now), all local government councils in Osun state have no duly elected leadership and the government through the State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) has not come out to tell political parties and the electorate when local government elections will hold in the state.”
The group, therefore, called on the state government, through the State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) to immediately begin the process of conducting a credible local government election.
“We will not hesitate to begin a massive mobilization of the electorate, civil society organizations, political parties and other stakeholders to use every legally available means of ensuring that the state government do the needful,” he added.