The Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC). In line with the electoral law of Ogun state, has fixed the election for the forthcoming Councillor Bye Election in Ilado, Ward 10, Odogbolu Local Government Area of the State for Thursday, 26th October, 2023.
The Chairman OGSIEC, Mr. Babatunde Osibodu made this known at a stakeholders’ meeting with representatives of different political parties, security agencies, and other relevant stakeholders at Odogbolu LGA.
Osibodu, said the Bye Election became necessary after the demise of the former Councillor, Late Hon. Olufemi Taiwo, noting that, going by the constitution the Commission is expected to conduct a bye-election into the position of the Councillor that would complete the term.
Represented by one of the Commission’s Commissioner, Gbemi Onasanya, the Chairman revealed that the meeting marks the commencement of the bye-election process scheduled to be held on Thursday, October 26, 2023, reiterating the Commission’s commitment towards ensuring free, fair, and credible election, enjoined all political parties as well as other stakeholders to operate a level playing ground.
He said, “activities on the timetable from Thursday, September 28 through Thursday, October 26, 2023, include commencement of campaign by Political Parties, the conduct of party primaries which is to be observed by the OGSIEC, collection of Personal Data Forms (CF 001& CF 002) for candidates by parties, submission of forms, screening of candidates amongst others”.
In his welcome address, the Chairman of the Council, Hon. Shuaib Ladejobi, commended the due electoral process of OGSIEC on the bye-election for Ilado, Ward 10, after the demise of Hon. Olufemi Taiwo, attributing the success of the election that brought his emergence into office as a free and credible one.
He called on all political parties, security agencies, Baale’s, and other relevant stakeholders in Ilado to cooperate with the Commission in conducting a hitch-free bye-election, saying anyone found distorting the process would be dealt with according to the law.
Also speaking, a Chief Superintendent of Police, Haruna Faluse, assured of adequate security during the election, adding that there would be collaboration and synergy with other security agencies.
In his remark, the Baale of Ilado, Chief Babatunde Onasanya, commended OGSIEC for the steps taken, promising his people maximum support during and after the election.