September 22, 2016

LG POLLS: OGSIEC, LP clash over court case

By Daud Olatunji

ABEOKUTA—The Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission, OGSIEC and Labour Party, LP, in the state, yesterday, engaged in war of words over a court case involving the two of them.

This came as  the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2, Abdulmajeed Ali read a riot act to all stakeholders in the forthcoming October 8 local government election in Ogun State, urging them to adhere strictly to the electoral law or face full wrath of the law.

OGSIEC and LP almost turned the stakeholders’ forum on Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs elections by Committee for Defence of Human Rights in the state.

The Labour Party had dragged OGSIEC, the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Olumide Ayeni and the chairman of the Commission, Risikat Ogunfemi before the State High Court over alleged exclusion of the party from the coming election.

Attempts by the state Chairman of the LP, Abayomi Arabambi to disrupt the programme, which was attended by political parties cleared for the election, failed as the organiser objected to his observation.

While the LP insisted that the issue relating to local government elections should not be discussed until the court decides their matter , the OGSIEC said, there was no court order that barred it from conducting the election.

Speaking with newsmen after the forum, Arabambi said the case has not been decided, yet, “OGSIEC declared that we have no case.”

He alleged that OGSIEC wanted to manipulate Ogun Judiciary in its favour.

But speaking through its Chairman Screening committee, Mutiu Agboke said the commission would go ahead to conduct the   election .

Agboke said the commission had not received any court judgement the ordered it to stop the process of the election.

AIG reads riot act

Meanwhile, AIG in charge of Zone 2, Mr Ali gave the warning at the Stakeholders’ Forum organised by Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) in conjunction with  OGSIEC.

Ali, who was represented by  Assistant Commissioner of Police, Training and Development Ogun State Command, Azuka Jude, pointed out that electoral offences attract punishment.