OGUN LG POLL: OGSIEC extends candidates list submission deadline

Ogun State  Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) has   extended the deadline for the submission of lists of candidates by political parties, expected to end today till July 27, to give them more time  to conduct their primaries ahead of October 8 council poll. 

 A  Commissioner at the agency, Mutiu Agboke who made this known to Rockcity FM in Abeokuta said the deadline was extended, after the consideration several petitions received from political parties.

 Agboke said other dates in the election time-table had been changed with the new amendment, asking political parties to visit office of OGSIEC office in Abeokuta for detailed information on the changes.

All political parties are expected to end their campaign activities by 12 mid-night of Thursday, October 6

 Before the extension by OGSIEC, political parties had been battling with the screening of their   aspirants for the chairmanship and councillorship seats in the state 20 local governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAS).

The aspirants had  besieged the Abeokuta  state secretariats of the  ruling All Progressives Congress(APC),  Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and  Unity Party of Nigeria(UPN) on Thursday  in a last minute  rush to meet the earlier deadline.

Speaking on the situation, the state chairman of UPN, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Oginni   said  her  party  which started its screening of aspirants  since  Monday for councillorship   and chairmanship last Wednesday for the chairmanship seats,  would  have submitted a list of elected candidates on Friday.

Also the state secretary of PDP, Alhaji Semiu Sodipo said the party would conclude screening on Friday and conduct primary to elect candidates for the poll, adding that a letter has been written to OGSIEC to observe the process.

The State Chairman of APC, Alhaji Roqueeb Adeniji whose party has the largest number of aspirants, said  the party was working very hard to complete the screening exercise and elect its candidate  by Friday.

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