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Olopoeyan charges INEC not to engage services of Oyo PMS in distribution of election materials

By Guardian Nigeria
20 February 2023   |   1:55 am
Says Federal High Court has already barred such in Lagos Southwest leader of the New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP), Alhaji Adebisi Olopeyan, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), not to engage the services of staff of Oyo Park Management Services (PMS) under the chairmanship of Mr. Lamidi Mukaila aka Auxiliary, to distribute…

Says Federal High Court has already barred such in Lagos

Southwest leader of the New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP), Alhaji Adebisi Olopeyan, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), not to engage the services of staff of Oyo Park Management Services (PMS) under the chairmanship of Mr. Lamidi Mukaila aka Auxiliary, to distribute election materials meant for the February 25 presidential election and March 11 gubernatorial polls.

Olopoeyan made the demand sequel to the judgement of a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, which barred INEC from engaging the services of Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly known as MC Oluomo, chairman of the Lagos parks and garages, for the distribution of election materials and ad-hoc staff in the state.

In a statement, Olopoeyan said Oyo State INEC must take a queue from Lagos High Court judgment and it must not collude with Oyo State government, to employ the services of the PMS for the distribution of election materials for the coming elections.

The NNPP scribe said, “Oyo INEC must not to collude with Governor Seyi Makinde and the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), to make use of the PMS staff, and their vehicles for the distribution of election materials for the next Saturday presidential election or the coming March 11 gubernatorial polls. The judgement of the Federal High court of Lagos State, must also be applied in Oyo State.

“This is important so that the chances of Oyo INEC to conduct a free and fair elections would not be jeopardized if the Oyo state PMS, under the chairmanship of Mr. Lamidi Mukaila, is engaged in the distribution of election materials.

“There is no reason why Oyo INEC should engage people working for a particular party in the distribution of election material to local governments and polling units.

” The Federal High Court in Lagos has granted an injunction restraining INEC from using, engaging or further dealing with the Chairman of the Lagos Parks and Garages, Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly known as MC Oluomo or any of his representatives in the distribution of election materials and ad-hoc staff for the forthcoming polls in the state, that is a hint for Oyo INEC too.

“What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, a Federal High court sitting in Lagos, has stopped INEC from engaging PMS in the distribution of election materials, so, Oyo INEC also needs to be careful not to engage the services of the state’s PMS, for the distribution of election materials, else it will jeopardize the long effort of the commission to conduct a free and fair election.”

The NNPP chieftain said it would amount to a bad move if Oyo INEC decides to work with a body that is already bias, such as Oyo PMS to distribute materials on election day. “Everybody in Oyo state knows that PMS is headed by Auxiliary and they are working for the ruling PDP. INEC is also aware of this and it must consider the implications,” he alleged.

Olopoeyan noted that the electoral umpire has done a lot of preparations for the election but the aim of engaging the PMS with election material “will not only jeopardize their effort, but it will also expose the voters to danger,” he said.