Ahead of the proposed December 16th, 2023 Local Government election in Ondo state, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has called on the State Independent Electoral Commission, (ODIEC) to perform its role as an impartial arbiter which should not rob Peter to pay Paul.
The State Chairman of the party, Fatai Adams, who made the call on Thursday at a press conference in Akure, however, said APC will be resisted this time around by the grassroots people who have been bearing the brunt of inept, colorless, unenviable, dry and retrogressive governance at that very important layer of government.
Adams said: “As a party, we have put necessary machinery in motion which will culminate in our electoral victory at the polls and we are participating to win.
“It is against this background that our party will participate in the Local Government Election, so as to bring development to the grassroots again, as it was under previous PDP administrations.
“Our resolve to participate is to reverse the uneventful and uninspiring narratives. It is to restore the lost glory of local government administration and its pride.
“This resolve is deliberate and we are conscious of the agenda of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to continue to muzzle the local government administrations by foisting his stooges on the people. We can therefore gauge his temperature and the mood of the APC as well as the inconveniences this resolve may cause its members who erroneously see local government as their cash cow, being the reward for their hypocrisy and sycophancy to the Governor.
“We are passionately appealing to the Chairman and other members of the Commission to always act on the side of the people bearing in mind that their Commission is being financed by the taxpayers’ money and not from the APC government which merely appointed them.
“They should ensure utmost transparency of the electoral process, exhibit decency, decorum, and discipline that is expected of their high offices, and not compromise for any self-serving or pecuniary gains so that posterity will be kind to them at the end of the day.
“We are assuring the general public that we are prepared to participate in the electoral contest with the fervent hope that the Governor and his APC will allow the Commission to perform its role without undue interference and interruptions.”