These jostling for the positions of native authorities chairmen and councillors in Ogun State could should ‘settle down’ as authorities of the state mentioned the election won’t maintain this 12 months 2020, DAILY POST stories.
The Ogun State Commissioner for Native Authorities and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Afolabi Afuape, mentioned the council ballot can’t be carried out this 12 months.
In response to Afuape, the Ogun State Impartial Electoral Fee (OGSIEC) is but to be constituted by Governor Dapo Abiodun.
After the structure of OGSIEC, Afuape disclosed that political events could be given three months discover for the native authorities election, including that two further months could be wanted for preparations.
Talking on Rock Metropolis FM, Abeokuta, the Commissioner blamed the delay within the conduct of the council ballot on the COVID-19 pandemic, saying it didn’t enable authorities to supply for the large sum of money wanted for the election.
In his phrases, Afuape canvassed for the takeover of the native authorities elections by the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC).
This, he mentioned, will make sure the conduct of the election throughout the stipulated time and relieve state governments of the large fund required for similar.
DAILY POST stories that politicians aspiring to be native authorities chairmen and councillors have been reaching out to individuals to make recognized their ambitions as they thought the election could be carried out quickly.
Nonetheless, Afuape mentioned the state could conduct the council election within the subsequent six months.
In the mean time, the 20 native governments within the state are being run by transition committees who had been appointed in January by Gov Abiodun.
The three-month tenure of the transition committees, DAILY POST stories, has been prolonged two instances by the governor, by way of the approval of the Ogun State Home of Meeting.
However, the Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP) has rejected the extension of the tenure of the native authorities caretaker committees in addition to the delay within the conduct of the council election.
In response to the PDP, the continual extension of tenure of places of work of “such unlawful committees” is a calculated try to cut back the values of Native Authorities administration, thereby subjecting it to the whims and caprices of state governors.