By Jubril Bada
As the Local Government elections in Ondo State had been scheduled to hold on December 1,major political parties in the state have expressed divergent views on their participation in the elections.
The political parties in separate interviews with The Hope explained their readiness to slog it out with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the poll while some also expressed conditions needed to be met before taking part in the election.
The Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the state affirmed its readiness to fully participate in the coming elections.
The State Secretary of the SDP, Dr. Sola Agboola,who was monitored on television programme, was optimistic that the State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC) will conduct peaceful election and make it a template for other states to follow.
“Our party (SDP) will participate in the election because Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, will not manipulate the election.
“If the election is to be rigged, the governor will not make Prof. Yomi Dinakin, the chairman of the commission to conduct the election”, he said
Agboola noted that SDP is fully prepared ahead of the election to win many local government areas in the coming poll.
Also, the State Deputy Chairman of the MEGA Party, Mr. Muyiwa Omoware, said that the party will participate to slog it out with the ruling APC in the election.
Omoware disclosed that the party will ensure it conducts transparent primaries to respect the opinion of people in picking its candidates for the poll.
He said consensus may be adopted in picking candidates as some members have agreed and supported consensus to be used.
“We believe in consensus because some members agreed that consensus should be adopted. Consensus is the best.
“Our party is a fast growing party in Southwest particularly in Ondo State, come December 1, we will slog it out with the APC”, he explained
On its part, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state has made its stand known not to take part in the election due to the pending case of dissolved local government chairmen and councillors in the Federal Court of Appeal.
The dissolution by Governor Akeredolu was as a result of the ruling by the State High Court setting aside the local government elections conducted under the chairmanship of Prof. Olugbenga lge on 23 April , 2016.
The State Director of Media and Publicity of the PDP, Mr. Ayo Fadaka, said the pending case at the Federal Court of Appeal which is yet to be properly disposed off, was instituted by the local government chairmen, whose positions were dissolved by the Governor .
Fadaka explained that since the case is still in the court, saying that the election cannot hold until the court finally disposed off the case.
“Even if we lose at the Federal Court of Appeal, we still have the right to appeal the case at the Supreme Court”, he said.
Also, the Labour Party (LP) in the state said its decision whether to participate or not will be made known soon.
A source in the party hinted that the party is working on the need to seek the opinion of its members whether to take part or not in the poll.
“LP is yet to make its decision known on the election.” the source disclosed.