By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Osun State House of Assembly on Wednesday screened the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) nominees sent to it by the Governor of Osun, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola.
Screened on the floor of the Assembly are Mr. Segun Oladitan (Chairman), and other members, Mrs. Abosede Omibekun, Mr. Rufus Oyeniran, Alhaja Babalola Adubi, Mr. Oladosu Gidigbi, Mr. Yinka Ajiboye and Alhaji Wahaab Adewoyin.
Speaking during the screening exercise, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Timothy Owoeye charged the nominees to deliver a free, fair and credible election worthy of emulation if they were confirmed by the Assembly.
Owoeye maintained that irrespective of planned local government reforms by the Federal Government, the OSIEC are expected to come out with reforms that will ensure that elections in local governments are seen to be credible.
He stated that the 7th Assembly under his watch is committed to see that democracy thrives in all levels of governance.
His words: “I am happy that some of the nominees are returning members where they are expected to bring in their wealth of experience. The administration of the Local Government tier in Osun is one that the APC-led government has always been bashed for the way it is outlined.
“Just last week, this Assembly sat to amend some sections of the local government creation and administration law to further strengthen it and entrench democracy.”
Owoeye however charged politicians to allow OSIEC to do their job, noting that with little or no interference the electoral umpire will perform creditably well.
Speaking at the screening, the nominated Chairman, Oladitan assured that if he is confirmed as the head of OSIEC his allegiance will be to the general electorate and the laws of the land.
He added that the Commission under his leadership will strive to make the institution better than the way it is met by organising elections that are free, fair and credible for the betterment of the state.