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Opposition kicks as Ondo is set to conduct council poll

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Chairman, Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN), Mr. Biyi Poroye and other stakeholders and opposition parties, have called for the resignation of Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC) Chairman, Prof. Yomi Dinakin.

Meanwhile, Dinakin had convoked a stakeholders’ meeting at the commission’s state headquarters to announce that the ODIEC would conduct local council election in the state on April 18, 2020.

Dinakin, who urged political parties to take note of the statutory notice for the election, said political parties in the state must conduct their primaries between January 14 and February 7, 2020 under the supervision of the body.

But during the stakeholders’ meeting, Poroye alleged that Dinakin was not competent to conduct the election, and that adequate preparation had not been put in place by the commission.

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He said: “You (Prof. Dinakin) don’t have the moral right to conduct the April 18 election. You are advised to resign. Not every legal thing is moral. You told us that you have written the National Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to get the voters’ register.

“It’s the same excuse you gave in 2018. In the whole of 2019, nothing happened. We are not all idiots. I am very sure that as a party, I have the voters’ register of other states and not even that of Ondo State is in my office at present.

“And if indeed you are prepared for this assignment, you ought to have got the voters’ register. You are telling us that you will be expecting the voters’ register by January ending.

“And if there is crisis again, who is to be blamed.”

The MPN chieftain also pointed accusing fingers at Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, saying that the state government does not show any seriousness in its plan to conduct the council poll.

In another development, the Ondo State government has unveiled a long-term development plan (Agenda 2050) based on the projections of the 2020-2022 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), focusing more on human capital development.

The state’s Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Mr. Emmanuel Igbasan, who disclosed this in Akure yesterday during the 2020 budget analysis, tagged: “Budget of Growth,” said that the state’s 2020 budget would focus on growth drivers of the economic sector through strategic mobilisation to create wealth.

He said that the last three years had shown the advantages of focusing on key projects designed to provide tangible improvement rather than spending on small and inconsequential initiatives.


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