Look Elsewhere For Revenue Generation And Not Through Local Government Poll-Aderinokun tells Dapo Abiodun
The Akinriyuwa of Owu Kingdom and founder of Olumide &Stephanie Aderinokun Foundation, Chief Olumide Aderinokun has described the amount Ogun State Independent Electoral Commision (OGSIEC) charged the candidates for the forthcoming local government elections nomination forms as barbaric.
He also told the state Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun not to use the forthcoming local government election as an avenue to increase the Internally Generated Revenue of the state, advising Gov. Dapo to look elsewhere for revenue collction.
The Real Estste mogul made this known in Abeokuta on Thursday morning through a release from his media office.
"Gov. Abiodun and his team should look elsewhere for revenue collection and not through the local government election. The amount charged for nomination forms is barbaric. Gov. Abiodun is making democracy expensive by charging 200, 000 and 100, 000 respectively for Chairmanship and Councillorship candidates," Chief Aderinokun said.
"The All Progressives Congress (APC) is trying to disenfranchise candidates from the oposition parties. We are talking about election that will usher in our servant leaders at the grassroots and not State Assembly election. Ogun State Independent Electoral Commision (OGSIEC) is not supposed to be a revenue generation agency.
"The high fee charged by OGSIEC will discourage younger aspirants from participating in the election.”
The OGSIEC chairman, Babatunde Osibodu during an engagement with leaders of political parties and members of the civil society in Abeokuta, earlier in the week announced the waiver of N200,000 and N100,000 respectively for women contesting for the post of chairmanship and councillorship posts as their men counterparts are to pay the same amount for purchase of nomination forms from the commission.
The election is scheduled to hold on Saturday 24 July, 2021 in over four thousand electoral units across the 20 local government areas of the state.
Chief Olumide has extended his philantrophic gestures to the people of Ogun Central Senatorial District through his foundation, Olumide & Stephanie Aderinokun Foundation.