Oyo government assures citizens on local government polls

Abiola Olowe, Ibadan

Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi

Oyo state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has assured residents of the state that elections into the 33 Local Governments and the 35 Local Council Development Areas will hold as soon as the legal suit against it, is settled.

He gave this assurance during the swearing-in ceremony for caretaker local government chairmen held in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

The governor urged citizens to actively participate in the ongoing nationwide continuous voter registration being conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Ajimobi also challenged the new caretaker chairmen to show good leadership, which would encourage residents to elect them, whenever the polls were held.

He advised those who had registered and collected their Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, to avoid multiple registration, as it was a criminal offence to do so. “For those who have not collected their PVCs, they should know that PVCs are their greatest weapon to elect leaders of their choice in the future elections.

For those who  lost or damaged their PVCs, or wanted to transfer their PVCs,  governor Ajumobi adviced them to visit the council office of INEC and inform the officers in charge about what they wanted to do.”

The newly sworn in caretaker Chairman of Itesiwaju Local Government of Oyo State, Hon. Adeniyi Adeagbo, urged his constituents to actively participate in the exercise.

The council boss advised those who registered before but could not obtain their PVCs to go and lodge their complaint before going for the new registration.

He called on the electoral umpire to ensure the exercise was transparent and devoid of discrimination, manipulation and intimidation.