LG polls :Campaign kicks off as Oyo electoral body lifts ban.
The Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) on Monday officially lifted the ban on campaigns for the forthcoming Local Government elections across the state.
The commission said that in line with the electoral timetable and in keeping with the 90 days provision, aspirants as from. Tuesday can start their campaigns.
In the revised time table, which was signed by its Chairman, Mr Jide Ajeigbe, the commission said campaigns by political parties and conduct of primaries will hold till February 23.
Candidates for councillorship positions will be screened by OYSIEC between February 28 and March 4 while chairmanship candidates will be screened from March 6 to 10.
According to the time table, cleared candidates can pick nomination forms from March 25 to 29, while the names of qualified candidates will be published on April 20.
Electioneering campaigns will end on May 11 while the actual election holds on May 12.
The commission said it reviewed the time table following complaints by some parties about delineation of wards in the newly created LCDAs, but the date of the election was not changed.
Also, scores of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) members in Oyo State yesterday protested what they called planned imposition of candidates by Governor Abiola Ajimobi ahead of the May 12 local government election in the state.
The aggrieved members stormed the Oke-Ado state secretariat of the party, which also doubles as the campaign office of the governor, in the early hours.
They insisted that there would be no local government election in the party without a free, fair and credible primary.
The protesters said the primary must encompass all groups within the party and progress from wards to local governments.
But the party’s State Chairman Akin Oke said there is no reason for some groups in the party to protest an “invisible” list of candidates.
Oke said those protesting were being misguided by those he called disgruntled elements in the party.
The chairman said such people do not wish the party well.
But the aggrieved members said the list of aspirants was being manipulated.
They said the governor had perfected plans to substitute the delegates’ list with his own people so that only those loyal to him would become the party’s candidates.