By Ismail Azeez, Osogbo
The People Democratic Party (PDP) and Action Peoples Party (APP), in Osun state have shunned the Local Government Election billed to hold on October 15, as 16 political parties including the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), have shown interest.
It would be recalled that the Chairman, Osun State Independent Electoral Commission, Olusegun Oladuntan had announced the Commission’s readiness to conduct the council polls on October 15, 2022.
But, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had vowed not to participate in the election on the ground that the process contravened the new Electoral law.
Speaking at a press conference addressed by the Chairman of the Inter-party Advisory Council (IPAC), in the state, Mr Simon Adebayo said contrary to the claims in some quarters, all the registered Political parties were well informed about the election.
Adebayo who spoke on behalf of the 16 Political Parties Chairmen present at the Osun NUJ press Centre, Osogbo, said out of the 18 registered Political parties, only PDP and Action Peoples Party (APP) had vowed to boycott the election.
“Sequel to the meeting and the Press Conference, the timeline for the activities leading to the elections was received by
all Political Parties.
“The Political Parties under the aegis of IPAC met and rub minds together and came to the conclusion that since the Local Government and the Local Council Development Areas are the nearest to the members of the public at the grassroots, IPAC supports every positive step to bring good governance to the people.
“In this wise, IPAC fully supports the conduct of the election by the Election Management Body (EMB) i.e. Osun State Independence Electoral Commission (OSIEC).
“We hereby enjoin OSIEC to ensure that the exercise is done in conformity with the Law i.e OSIEC Electoral Law and the Electoral Act 2022. Of course, we hardly need to emphasize that the Elections must be conducted transparently and must be free, fair and credible.
“Since our State is called “Ipinle Omoluabi”, We appeal to the people of Osun to let us exercise our civic duty in an enviable atmosphere that the State has been known for.
“We are peace loving and law abiding. Nothing should be done to mar this enviable reputation. Of the eighteen (18) parties registered in the State, we are happy to confirm that sixteen (16) political parties have agreed to participate in the election by presenting candidates for the Chairmanship and Councillorship positions for the 15th October 2022 Local Government Elections in the State.”
APC wins all chairmanship, councillorship seats in Ekiti council polls
Candidates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) won all the 38 chairmanship and 177 councillorship seats in Saturday’s council elections in Ekiti.
The Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission (EKSIEC) made the declaration at Ado-Ekiti on Sunday.
Returning Officers in the local government areas and in the local council development areas took turns to present the results of the various council areas at the headquarters of EKSIEC.
EKSIEC Chairman, retired Justice Cornelius Akintayo, applauded the electorate in Ekiti for the peaceful conduct of the election.
He also commended parties that took part in the election for their sportsmanship; EKSIEC staff who worked on the field; security agents and the media for a job well done.
Akintayo listed political parties that participated in the election as Action Alliance (AA), Action Democratic Congress (ADC), African Democratic Party (ADP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Others, he said, were Labour Party (LP), New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) and Zenith Labour Party ZLP.
EKSIEC commissioners and principal officers joined Akintayo at the presentation of the election results.
Prominent opposition parties like the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) had earlier declared their disinterest in the council elections.
APC chieftain commends Tinubu on 50 per cent subsidy on agric inputs
Mr Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun, has commended President Bola Tinubu for approving a 50 per cent reduction in the cost of agricultural inputs for farmers during the dry season farming period.
Oyintiloye told newsmen on Sunday in Osogbo that the subsidy would have a positive impact on farmers and contribute to increased agricultural production and improved food availability.
The Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Abubakar Kyari, on Nov. 25 said the federal government would support 250,000 wheat farmers with a 50 per cent input subsidy to cultivate about 250,000 hectares during the dry season.
Oyintiloye, a member of defunct APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), noted that the country’s current food inflation, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) stood at 31.5 per cent.
Oyintiloye, a former lawmaker also said that in the selected food price watch for the month of October, as released by NBS, shows that the average price of one kilogram of rice local sold rose by 68.10 per cent on a year-on-year basis from N487.47 in October 2022 to N819.42 in October 2023.
He said the NBS statistics further revealed that the average price of one kilogram of brown beans rose by 39.90 per cent on a year-on-year basis to N790.01 in October from N564.69 recorded same period 2022, among other food prices.
Oyintiloye, however, said that the approved farm input subsidy by the federal government was timely, as it would reduced the food inflation in the country.
He said that President Tinubu’s assurance to Nigerians in transforming the agricultural sector by making food security the number one priority had started yielding positive results.
“We need to commend President Tinubu for this 50 per cent subsidy on farm inputs.
“This will go along way to boost food and nutrition security, attract private sector investment, reduce post-harvest losses, and add value to local agriculture produce in the country,” he said.
Oyintiloye said the programme of National Agriculture Growth, aimed at supporting farmers through training on good agricultural practices and provide certified inputs, would enhance food production.
The APC chieftain said that with the various agricultural interventions by the president, there would be a positive changes in the prices of food and there would be surpluses in the coming days.
He said the president’s passion for food security and his quick intervention on fertilizers, improved seeds, mechanisation and grants, in both long and short run, would yield a desirable results to ensure food production round the year.
Oyintiloye, however, appealed to the federal government to relate directly with subsistence and large scale farmers, among other stakeholders in agriculture business through their various associations.
He said this would enable them to access various government intervention programmes without any form of hindrance and make Nigeria self-sufficient in term of agriculture produce, thereby making prices of food items affordable.
2024 Appropriation Bill scales 2nd reading in Senate
The N27.5trillion 2024 Appropriation Bill on Friday scaled through second reading at the Senate.
The followed debates by lawmakers on the general principles of the bill at plenary.
Sen. Adams Oshiomole (APC -Edo) said there was need for appropriations to be made for the completion of the Benin-Auchi Road,saying that the road was a major link connecting Nigerians from the six zones of the country.
He said the completion of the road would help to improve economic activities in the country.
He said it was not for the Senate to be debating exchange rate, saying that determinants of exchange rate was a matter of micro economic policies.
Sen.Franchis Fadahunsi (PDP-Osun), who commended the 2024 budget, said there was need for the masses to benefit from the content of the budget on implementation.
He called for allocation of more funds to ensure completion of roads in in Osun and other parts of the country.
Sen.Enyinnaya Abaribe(APGA-Abia)said not much was allocated to power as information indicated that less than 3 per cent was allocated to power in the budget.
He said power was key to employment generation and optimal workings of other sectors and the economy in general.
He said the Senate would have to re-order the priorities of the budget for direct impact on the economy.
Sen. Aba Moro(PDP-Benue) said allocation to education should be based on UNESCO provisions, given the challenges in the education sector.
Former President of Senate, Ahmad lawan commended President Tinubu for the budget.
He said the success of any administration was based on the support the legislature, saying that the National Assembly must continue to support the President.
He called on the senate committees to be interested on what happened on the implementation of previous budgets of 2021,2022,2023 both supplementary and main budget.
Lawan said emphasis must be placed on having secured and safe environment for schools to function, and provision of enabling peace in Niger-Delta.
He called for prioritisation of security in 2024 budget, saying that security was key in attaining the required economic activities.
Deputy President of Senate, Barau Jubril, shortly after the 2024 Appropriation Bill scaled second reading refered the bill to the Committee of Appropriations.
The committee was to return it back to plenary on Dec.19 for further legislative input on the bill.
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