- The PDP in Oyo state has condemned the local government election held in the state on Saturday, May 12
- Kunmi Mustapha, chairman of the party in the state, thanked members of the party and the electorate in the 33 local governments of the state for boycotting the election
- He said that the election failed integrity test right from the inception of the electoral process
Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo state and the electorate in the 33 local governments of the state have been thanked by the state chairman of the party, Kunmi Mustapha, for boycotting what he called "shambolic" local government election held on Saturday, May 12.
In a release signed by the party's publicity secretary, Akeem Olatunji, and made available to journalists in Ibadan on Sunday, May 13, Mustapha said participating in the local government election would have been “a tacit endorsement of an illegality as the election failed integrity test right from the inception of the electoral process", Channels TV reports.
NAIJ.com notes that the chairman said: “We in PDP give kudos to the people of the state for the general apathy witnessed during the kangaroo election in line with our party’s directive to the electorate and our members to shun the election.
“We equally sympathise with the family of a teenager who died at a polling unit in Ekotedo area due to a stray bullet from rampaging APC thugs and call for a full-scale investigation into the incident to ensure justice for the bereaved family.
“As against the law setting up the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commissions (OYSIEC), members of the electoral body are card-carrying members of APC. This is enough reason to suggest that APC is a judge in its own case.
“Results from across all the polling booths in the state followed the same ridiculous pattern are a clear indication that APC has been totally rejected in the state. The local government poll served as part of rehearsal for the burial rites for APC ahead of 2019 general election when the electorate will have opportunity of voting PDP candidates and renew their avowed commitments to PDP.
“It is instructive to note that only 11 people voted in a polling booth near Senator Rashidi Ladoja’s home in Bodija out of 1,116 registered voters. Same shameful scenario occurred at a many polling unit across the state."
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that the All Progressives Congress(APC) won all the chairmanship seats in the 33 local government councils and the 35 local council development areas in the state.
The party also won the councillorship seats in the 610 wards in the state in the local government election held on Saturday, May 12.
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