By Victor Adeoti
Osogbo – Gov. Adegboyega Oyetola on Wednesday inaugurated members of the Osun Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) ahead of the local government poll in the state.
Oyetola, during the inauguration in Osogbo, urged members of the commission to conduct a free, fair, credible and peaceful election.
The governor admonished them to hit the ground running in preparation for the election and also discharge their constitutional responsibilities with the fear of God, integrity and patriotism.
“Members of this commission must appreciate the fact that they are being called to positions of responsibility in a state known for being in the frontline in all human endeavours, including development, peace and security rankings.
“Consequently, I urge you to work relentlessly to further improve the rating of the state by conducting free, fair, peaceful and credible elections that will be models in the nation,” Oyetola said.
He charged them to brace up by putting all the necessary logistics and requirements in place to achieve a good and appreciable outing as the council poll was fast approaching.
The governor described the third tier of government as the closest to the people.
He directed the electoral umpire to strive to lay a solid foundation for a seamless transition to a people-oriented regime of governance, prosperity, service and development at the grassroots.
“Local Government is central to effective governance and equitable development in any nation where the system is practiced.
“It is the third tier of government and the closest to the grassroots.
“It is, therefore, pertinent that persons of integrity who have passion for the people and their welfare are elected into this tier to spread prosperity and development,” the governor said.
Earlier in his remarks, Mr Oladunjoye Oladitan, the Chairman of the commission, had thanked the governor for finding him and his team worthy of the appointment.
Oladitan assured residents that his team would discharge its duties with all fairness and fear of God.
He also promised political parties in the state of a level-playing field, adding that his team would work in accordance with the Electoral Act and laws guiding the conduct of elections in the state.