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NNPP Rejects Sales Of LG Nomination Forms, Says It Is Extortion, Accuses Gov. Abiodun Of Planning To Sell Democracy!
By HABEEBAT AJAYI
New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in Ogun State has rejected the sales of Local Government nomination forms by Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC).
The NNPP allegedly described it as extortion, therefore accusing the state Governor Dapo Abiodun of planning to the sell Democracy in the state.
The Chairman of the party, Olaposi Oginni in a statement made available to newsmen in Abeokuta explained that Democracy is affordable to everybody irrespective of their economic status.
He said,” in totality the attempt by Governor Dapo Abiodun to take democracy for free in Ogun state.
As the matter of fact we believe that democracy is indeed affordable to everybody irrespective of their status as a Nigerian and as a bona-fide residents and people of Ogun state; they are free to vote and be voted for irrespective of there economic status .
“But by the time we are trying to put a clause in the will of the progress of democracy by making democracy out of the reach of ordinary Nigeria and vulnerable people, then it is no longer a democracy.
“It is now in Ogun state what governor Abiodun intend doing is to put democracy back to the dark era where it is now the government of the rich, by the rich and for the rich.
“For crying out loud, how did you want a very young graduate who is energetic with lots of idea and can bring out help at the grassroot level, how do you want such a person to have two hundred thousand to pay to OGSIEC and will also look for resources for his/her campaign across the wards and local government where he is coming out”
Oginni advised the governor not to make democracy out of reach for the ordinary people.
“The point we are trying to make out now is that morally it is wrong, we condemn it in totality. Democratically too, it is wrong because as bad as Nigeria may have said to be today, the major empire of election in Nigeria which is INEC has never charge anybody a dime to contest any election.
“We hereby challenge governor Dapo Abiodun to provide the proof to Ogun State people that he pay a kobo to INEC to contest in 2019, if he did not pay a kobo to get nomination from INEC, he has no moral right to support any mis-informed and set of fraudulent people who are advising him to make democracy out of the reach of ordinary people”
Also, he urged the state government to generate money from elsewhere as OGSIEC is not the state IGR.
“Another point is that if you look at it critically OGSIEC is not an internally generates revenue commission, it is not IGR commission, it was not set up to generate fund for the state. If Dapo Abiodun is looking for money he should look for money somewhere else not by putting democracy for sale, it is unacceptable!
“The work of the commission is to be independent and unbias empire free, fair and credible. How can they be free, fair and credible when they are asking candidate to go and pay. If anybody have much than enough to give to OGSIEC, then they should. But they already have a kind of mandate of getting money from the candidate, then how can they be free and fair. And yet governor Dapo Abiodun has submited budget to the House of Assembly on the funding coming of local government election. If it is the duty of the government to fund the local government election, why should OGSIEC be looking for money or even try to exploit the candidate? And I want to tell you that our allegation is not because of today, but because of tomorrow we all have a history. We are calling on all the opinion leaders, the good people of Ogun state have the right to be protected”.
This is a democracy that all of us fought for and we will not allow Dapo Abiodun and APC to put democracy for sake. We said it over time that they don’t know what they are doing in government. They don’t know their responsibility. The Osibodu-led OGSIEC proved again that they are not competent. It has never happen in Ogun and as the matter of fact we say no and we going to resist it. We are going to make sure that this kind of rasconic agenda of Dapo Abiodun concerning local government election will not see the light of the day”.
He however affirmed that opposition party in the state will participate in the election irrespective of their tricks.
His words, “We are not going to withdraw, we are going to participate because part of their ploy is to see to making sure that they technically eliminate opposition from participating. We are going to shock them, we are taking them to court and that does not mean we are not going to participate. We will make sure we participate”.