BY ISAAC OLAMIKAN
Early in the week at a meeting with Chairman and secretaries of registered political parties, the chairman of the Edo State Independent Electoral Commission(EDSIEC), Professor Stanley Orobator, promised that the commission under his watch would conduct a free and fair local government election on Saturday, March 3.
Responding to Professor Orobator’s statement in a chat, the chairman of the state chapter of Action Democratic Party(ADP), Gabriel Oloruntobi, said: “As far as we are concerned they are working within the ambit of the law. Before they came up with the 45 days notice they went to the State House of Assembly which to me was in order.
“Just yesterday, the EDSIEC Chairman(Professor Stanley Orobator) made a statement which he said we should take as a bond. And until he flout it, to me I feel he is going to conduct a credible election.”
Going further, he stated that “on that premise we(ADP) are going to field candidates for all the available positions in the local government election”
Asked to assess the level of preparation for the election by his party, Oloruntobi said that the current trend in politics is that people vote for individuals and not necessarily based on party affiliation.
“The era of big names intimidating other contestants is gone. You can see for instance how the incumbent All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA) took the so called big parties to the cleaners in the recent gubernatorial election in Anambra State.
“So we are preparing for the March 3 local government councils election at the level of the grassroots.
“We will ensure that the candidates that we will be fielding for the different positions are those that are credible and known in the communities.”
On what differentiates his party from others, Oloruntobi said that the ADP’s focus is on youth and women.
“We believe that the older generation has failed the nation so therefore for a change we should give the youths a chance to govern.”
BY ISAAC OLAMIKAN