Oyo LG Poll: SPN Rejects N150,000, N100,000 Nomination Fees

Oyo LG Poll: SPN Rejects N150,000, N100,000  Nomination Fees

The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) on Thursday said it will pull out of May 12 local government election in Oyo State due to plans by the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission, (OYSIEC) to charge nomination fees of N150, 000:00 and N100, 000:00 respectively for chairmanship and counsellorship positions.

The SPN Oyo State chapter while describing the proposed plan as illegal, said it would undermine the credibility of the election.

It therefore rejected the fees for candidates contesting in the forthcoming local government election to the 33 local government areas and 35 LCDA across the state scheduled for May 12, 2018.

The state SPN chairman Comrade Kolapo Oladapo in a statement in Ibadan on Thursday rejected in absolute terms proposal by the OYSIEC and demanded immediate dropping of the plan which “is not only illegal but also capable of undermining the credibility of the election itself.

“The OYSIEC is a public institution whose establishment by the state government is supported by the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria to conduct election into local government areas across the state.

“This therefore implies that the funding of OYSIEC including the provision of materials to facilitate its function and the basis for its establishment should be the sole responsibility of the state government and not political parties or individuals that are to participate in the election to be conducted by the commission,” it said.

SPN argued that charging candidates for nomination form will make the election to be less participatory and gives rooms for the election to be reduced to a show among few candidates of ruling political parties who have public money at their disposal to throw around.

According to the party, to participate in such “cash and carry” election are other pro-capitalist parties including those often sponsored by moneybags and godfathers with their ill- gotten wealth with a view to loot public resources as their returns on investment in candidates.

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