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A popular legal practitioner in Ogun state, Ambassador Habeeb Ibidapo Whyte has called on the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission, OGSIEC to step down the idea of requesting for nomination fees from the chairmanship and councillorship aspirants in the state.
He maintained that the the state government already has Budget for the election, saying that the body should not turn its self to revenue collector.
The royal ambassador who disclosed this to newsmen on Wednesday in his office noted that this action will discourage younger aspirants from participating in the local government elections.
He said, ” For the first time in the history of Ogun state OGSIEC is now collecting money. OGSIEC is not a revenue collector or revenue agencies, govt has a budget for this Elections, the budget should be followed into. I am sorry this is a way of discouraging younger aspirants or persons with power. I am appealing to the Governor Dapo to look into it. He might not be aware, it might be the Commission’s idea.
“This will also kill the ambition of the younger aspirants and also it might be an hindrance for opposition parties, let their be fair play the best candidate will emerge, we should not use money to send our competent and aspiring youths away, this is very important, the Government should look into it.
”I repeat the commission is not a revenue collector, in as much as we are preaching oneness free and fair election, the free and fair election begin with that body that is holding the election, people do not want to trust the body Again because of the idea, that idea should be stepped down as soon as possible by the government.
I know that our Governor will not authorize such , and I am saying categorically that our Governor will not authorize such because our governor emerged from the process of free and fair election. We all knew what happened so he expects such free, fair election to happen at the local government elections.
” I want to urge everybody, let the youths come out, we should have more youth participation, this election is the most important because it is closer to the people. Let the youths come out in mass, let them aspire for positions, let them infiltrate all the parties, let them come out, let them aspire and let them vote credible candidate.
“The local government election is the most important because it is the closest to the people, a local government, councilor is more popular to the people than the Government,or senator or house of rep member, we should take this election as more important than any other elections because if they cant take care of local government elections now , how will they take care of other elections There should also be healthy rivalry among aspirants.”