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JUST IN……Stop dreaming about impossibility, Osun APC tells PDP



gov AregbesolaBy Arowona Abdulazeez

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has advised the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State to get wise and stop dreaming about impossibilities, in the structure of governance within the state.

APC Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Barr Kunle Oyatomi said this on Monday in Osogbo in a signed statement, advised the PDP to stop chasing shadows.

“The PDP is asking for what it cannot get and it is a pity it is doing so over and over again.

Gov Rauf Aregbesola had made it clear long ago that there would be local government election in the state before the end of the year,” Oyatomi said.

Oyatomi was reacting to the call by the PDP leadership to Governor Rauf Aregbesola to immediately reconstitute the State Electoral Commission to conduct local government elections now.

Besides, the PDP canvassed absolute autonomy for the local government, so that the state will have no say in how a local government uses its funds.
However, the APC described these demands as useless.

The APC Director of Publicity was of the view that election was a process which should be well planned and efficiently executed, adding that the reconstitution of the local government management is the first step in that process.

He said the second step was to constitute a new electoral body that will handle the election, saying that PDP’s dream of having election tomorrow or the next was ‘childish.

On the issue of ‘absolute autonomy’ for the local government, the APC described the idea as fundamentally flawed and basically ignorant of how true federation works.

“Nowhere in the world with a federal constitution, is a local council autonomous, not to talk of being absolutely autonomous.

“In Nigeria today, the local council with the fanciful name of local government, does not enjoy the status of a federating unit. Therefore, it cannot be autonomous.

“We sympathise with the ignorance of the PDP on this issue which has been compounded by its desperation for power in the state,” Oyatomi said.

On the reconstitution of the management of the local government councils, the APC submitted that the process was thoroughly democratic, because, it was subjected to popular participation within the party.

‘This became necessary after the extensive rearrangement that expanded the councils to accommodate LCDAs.

“These are the people who will mobilize and sensitize the voters for the coming local government elections.

“Everything is being properly put together before an election. The PDP cannot therefore stampede the government into doing otherwise.

“So, all the noisemaking by the PDP is an exercise in futility. That party should look for something more constructive to do”, the APC spokesman added.

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