The Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) has scheduled the upcoming councillor bye election in Ilado, Ward 10, Odogbolu Local Government Area of the State for Thursday, October 26, 2023, in accordance with Ogun State electoral law.
At a stakeholders’ meeting with members of various political parties, security services, and other pertinent stakeholders at Odogbolu LGA, Mr. Babatunde Osibodu, the Chairman of OGSIEC, stated this.
Osibodu stated that the Bye Election was required following the passing of the previous Councillor, Late Hon. Olufemi Taiwo, and that in accordance with the constitution, the commission is required to hold a bye-election to fill the vacant councillor position.
The Chairman, who was represented by Gbemi Onasanya, one of the commission’s commissioners, stated that the meeting officially kicks off the bye-election process that is set to take place on Thursday, October 26, 2023.
He reiterated the commission’s commitment to ensuring a free, fair, and credible election and urged all political parties and other stakeholders to operate on an even playing field.
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”.
Following the passing of Hon. Olufemi Taiwo, the Chairman of the Council, Hon. Shuaib Ladejobi, praised the proper electoral procedure of OGSIEC on the bye-election for Ilado, Ward 10, attributing the success of the election that led to his emergence into office as a free and credible one.
He urged all political parties, security services, Baale’s, and other pertinent Ilado stakeholders to work with the commission to conduct a bye-election without incident, warning that anyone found to be obstructing the process would face legal repercussions.
Haruna Faluse, a Chief Superintendent of Police, also spoke during which she provided assurances of sufficient protection throughout the election and added that there will be coordination and cooperation with other security agencies.
Chief Babatunde Onasanya, Baale of Ilado, congratulated OGSIEC for its efforts, offering his people his full support during and after the election.