The Action Alliance(AA), Ogun State chapter is averse to the decision of the Ogun State Electoral Commission(OGSIEC) on the payment of a non-refundable deposit of N200,000 and N100,000 for the Chairmanship and Councilorship candidates.
The party in a letter addressed to the chairman, OGSIEC, reproved the move by the electoral body, and described it as ‘inconsistent and unconstitutional’.
OGSIEC had announced the payment of the non-refundable fees for chairmanship and councilorship candidates interested to contest in the July 24, local government council election.
In the letter signed by the leader of the party in Ogun, Dapo Adeyemi, observed that the imposition of the levy on the candidates will deny them of their rights and eligibility. He also noted the decision by OGSIEC was different to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria.
The letter read in part, “We are constrained to send this letter to direct your attention to the few, but important observations which we noticed in the guidelines you released and your address during the stakeholders meeting held on Tuesday 4th May, 2021.
“Our first observation has to do with the non-refundable deposit of N200,000 and N100,000 for the chairmanship and councillorship candidates, respectively.
“You stated that your decision was based in line with section (14)(1) of the State Electoral Law 2007 (as amended) and section 5(H) of the guidelines.
“The imposition of a non-refundable deposit on candidates will no doubt deprive them of their rights and eligibility to contest as guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
“Since the State Electoral Law 2007 (as amended) which you relied upon in section 5(H) of your guidelines is inconsistent with the provisions of section 7(4), 106 and 107 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), it stands to reason that the State Law, according to section 1(3) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) shall to the extent of the inconsistency (which in this case, is the payment of the non-refundable deposit) shall be void.
“Our other observation is in respect of section (VIII) of your guidelines which includes party agents as not eligible to vote.
“The State Electoral Law 2007(as amended) in section of your guidelines is inconsistent with the State Electoral Law 2007 (as amended) and therefore void to the extent of the inconsistency.”
However, the Chairman, OGSIEC, Babatunde Osibodu during an engagement with leaders of political parties and members of the civil society Osibodu in Abeokuta, the state capital earlier in May announced the waiver on the fees for women contesting for the post of chairmanship and councillorship posts.