The aspirants for chairmanship and councillorship offices in Boluwaduro Local Government Area of Osun State, have petitioned Governor Gboyega Oyetola over the nomination of the immediate past chairman of the council, Akeem Tokede.
The aspirants under the aegis of Forum of Political Office Aspirants in a petition to Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State dated 7th July 2021 with ref number; FoCCA/RE.GOV/2021/01 sighted by our correspondent urged the leadership of the party not to re-appoint the immediate past Boluwaduro Local Government Chairman and any of the immediate past councillors to their last held positions.
The petition jointly signed by Dr Felix Faniran, Comrade Boniface Adeyemi and Hon Esther Alani, stated that “Despite our suggestions, we noted that the state government and the party leadership seem to ignore us and our advice, as the immediate past chairman was returned as chairman caretaker management committee thus paving the way for honourable Akeem Tokede to be sworn in for the third term as local government chairman.
“In one of our several visits and meetings Chairman of our party, Prince Gboyega Famoodun and party leader from Boluwaduro Local Government, he promised us that he would do something about the negative reports and the proposed intention of the party in retaining the immediate local government functionaries in request having their former positions. Sir, we are highly disappointed that despite this promise the state party chairman did not invite us for a meeting nor fulfil his promise. ”
They alleged that the past executives refused to organised meetings for party members all through their tenure which they claimed is detrimental to the progress of the party and took lots of steps against the demands of the communities in the Boluwaduro local government area.
The letter which copied House of Assembly, Osun State, noted that the swearing-in for Hon. Hakeem Tokede should be put on hold pending the final determination of this matter and withdraw the appointment of the ward 2 councillor and get him replaced with a fresh candidate.
Speaking with journalists, Dr ,Dr.Felix Faniran all the chairmanship aspirants in ward 1,2 and 3 in Otanayegbaju were disappointed with the reappointment of Hon Tokede, saying his appointment would further tear the party apart.
Flanked with other chairmanship aspirants at a press conference addressed in Osogbo, Dr Faniran accused the Lawmaker representing Boluwaduro/Boripe state constituency at the house of Assembly for singlehandedly imposed Hon Tokede on the people of the local government.
While urging the house of Assembly to step down the Boluwaduro chairmanship position, Faniran said: “At this juncture, it may not be out of place to re-emphasize the fact that a lot of people in Boluwaduro Local Government Area are not pleased with the return of Hon. Akeem Tokede that was announced for Otan Ayegbaju of Boluwaduro Local Government.
“That the processes implored are very undemocratic, unrepresented and unfair.
“That for about four years he earlier spent he did not allow or organize any party meeting at the local level, which has seriously destroyed the party.
“That the party under his watch as the council chairman did not enjoy any deference of democracy for throughout his double tenures and the appointment derogates other aspirants who have not served before but have better credentials as if he is the best or only available person suitable for the job.
“That his reappointment has further divided the party. Re-motivated party members and has made the job of memberszing member more difficult.
“That the party was provoked and shall not accept the appointments and they want to stop the process of nomination or swearing-in of Honorable Tokede until the issue is resolved
“We urged the state government to put in consideration “That the swearing-in ceremony for Hon. Hakeem Tokede be put on hold pending the final determination of this matter.
“Withdraw the appointment of the ward 2 councillor, Otanayegbaju and get him replaced with a fresh candidate and hat each of the wards in the council be allowed to select their councilors as they it pleases them initial party directives that each ward should put forward names of three (3) persons out of which a namappointedappointment and
“The main cause of these anomalies is the role played by the deputy speaker, Hon Femi Popoola handedlyle handily selected both the chairman and ward councilors without the consent and participation of ward leaders and executive members.”
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