By Kayode Adeoti
A former party chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Irepodun, Prince Shuaib Olanrewaju has called for the dissolution of the Kwara State Independent Electoral Commission (KWASIEC).
According to him, unless a change is effected in the state local chapters of the Independent Electoral Commissions (INEC), the country will find it difficult to get it right.
“There should be a change in the federal constitution of Nigeria by removing what they call the state or local chapters of INEC.
Unless this is done or the change effected, we will be tolling on the same path and continue to get it wrong”
Speaking on the last by-election in Oke-Ero where the PDP suffered another disastrous defeat, Olanrewaju alleged that the ruling party in the state cajoled the people to get results adding that the PDP is putting everything in place to address the internal rancour in the party.
“Few days to the election, the ruling party employed tactics to cajole the people by upgrading their ‘monarchs to first class”
“This was also the case during 2015 general elections where some traditional chiefs and monarchs were upgraded before the election and after the election.
“Another election is coming, you will see the commissioners and SAs among other appointees running to their locality to repeat the script that if they do not vote for their party, government will not do this and that for them.
“Only PDP can produce good and effective governance in the state and until the electorate decide to free themselves, this will continue.
“During the Oke-Ero election, we saw what happened; the electorate were bought over to get what they got. I’m yet to see a state in Nigeria being controlled by one party as we have in Kwara State,” he added.