Ogun State Independent Electoral Committee (OGSIEC) has announced the disqualification of six candidates contesting councillorship positions in the forthcoming local government election in the state. The Chairman of the screening committee of the electoral body, Mr Mutiu Agboke, who made the disclosure in Abeokuta, the state capital also lamented the caliber of aspirants vying for chairmanship and councillorship positions in the July 21 election.
Although Agboke failed to mention the names of the disqualified aspirants or their political parties, he, however, added that the aspirants were disqualified for allegedly presenting fake certificates during the screening exercise carried out by the OGSIEC.
He expressed deep concern and worry about the quality of aspirants vying for both chairmanship and councillorship positions his committee screened so far. According to him, virtually all the political parties that had presented aspirants for the poll appeared not to have done their home work well, stressing that most of the candidates did not meet up to the standard.
Agboke recalled that during the screening, many aspirants for the chairmanship and councillorship positions could not give the definition of “Democracy’’ or be able to explain the roles of a chairman or a councilor in a local government.
His words: “Can you imagine the quality of candidates presented for the election, how can someone wishing to direct the affairs of a local government not be able to define what democracy is all about, saying it is a game of number. “Things are as bad as that; not to even talk of the aspirants for the councillorship positions that have been screened so far.”
He disclosed that those disqualified tendered fake Secondary School Certificates before the screening committee, adding that they had also pleaded with the committee not to probe them further. Agboke said the commission had resolved to give all parties contesting, a level playing field but would not condone any form of irregularities from any quarters.