The Ondo State Government has released guidelines for April 14 local government councils election in the state.
Some politicians, particularly from major opposition political parties, have been doubting the sincerity and transparency of the election.
A minority leader in the state House of Assembly Hon Rasheed Elegbeleye said People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as a party in Ondo state will study the legal implication of participating since a case on local government chairmen and councillors still pending in Supreme court.
An All Progressive Congress (APC) stalwart from Ikare Akoko Mr. Marshal Ojuolape doubted whether the April election will hold when the state house of assembly has just extended with six months the tenure of council caretaker committees.
According to Ojuolape not many card-carrying members of the party have belief in the election as they were not carried along. He also doubted the transparency of the election despite the calendar released yesterday by Odiec,
The leader of PDP in Akoko northeast local government area of Ondo, Chief Deeni Akerele said local government elections can only be credible and transparent the day the federal election umpire INEC conduct local elections.
Akerele wondered how Odiec, an extension of governor office can release election calendar given only 4days for parties to field candidates.
It’s a ruse and will lead to a Kangaroo election that will not be acceptable.
A woman political activist from Irun Akoko northwest local government area of the state, Mrs. Zainab Ogunboyo advocated for a higher percentage for women representation while she appealed to women to come out and participate in the election
Ogunboyo urged the governor to prevail on the people to put women at government particularly at the grassroots.