30th May, 2012
The Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) has warned the state chapter of the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) not to disrupt the forthcoming local government election in the state.
Speaking with newsmen Wednesday aftetnoon at the Commission’s office, a member of the commission, Barr. Mutiu Agboke said the recent utterances of the CNPP are grossly misleading as the commission had not violated any section of the Electoral Act.
CNPP had last week hinted of its plan to sue OGSIEC over the guidelines released recently by the commission for the conduct of the coming election in the state.
CNPP said in its statement that the Commission’s flagrant disobedience of court order is a recipe for political crisis in the peace loving state.
“The state exists for the society and not the society for the state. In Ogun state, it is the other way round,” CNPP said.
The political association said it would go to any lenght to challenge any aberration and breach of any legal pronouncement especially as it affects the electoral process in Ogun State.
However, Agboke said the CNPP as a body had been participating in all its activities and had not complained of being sidelined.
“It is common knowledge that to organise an election guidelines have to be issued in line with the 1999 Constitution and the Electoral Act 2004 to guide the conduct of such elections,” Agboke said.
Commenting on the crisis within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Agboke said OGSIEC had not been dealing with any of the factions until the legal tussle within them is settled.
“As a responsible body, none of the group had been accorded recognition so as not to meddle in things that did not concern us. The National Secretariat had written us while another group brought a court document, but at the end of the day,we are going
to look at the two groups based on the merit and legal implication,” he said.
By Abiodun Onafuye/Abeokuta