MC Oluomo and Election Materials: Why we partner with LSPMC - INEC
According to The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the recent court order relating to its collaboration with Musiliu Akinsanya, also known as MC Oluomo, has no connection to the commission.
The decision of INEC to partner with the Lagos State Parks Management Committee (LSPMC) to distribute election materials has sparked controversy in recent days, as MC Oluomo is the head of the LSPMC. INEC's Lagos Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Olusegun Agbaje, has clarified that he had no other option but to collaborate with the LSPMC for the distribution of election materials in the state.
However, on Monday, a Federal High Court in Lagos restrained INEC from engaging the services of MC Oluomo. Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner, stated that the commission had signed memoranda of understanding with the National Union of Road Transport Workers, the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners, and the Marine Workers Union.
He explained that individual drivers who wished to work with INEC should register their vehicles at any of the local government offices of the commission. The Federal Road Safety Commission would then profile the driver and the vehicle to ensure they were suitable for the purpose.
Okoye clarified that the court's decision had nothing to do with INEC as the commission did not have any agreement with the individual mentioned. He noted that the commission had no relationship with MC Oluomo and did not intend to engage him for any purpose whatsoever.
Additionally, he pointed out that it was unlikely that any individual could provide 5,000 vehicles, as the commission intended to deploy in Lagos State. Each driver would be given a contract with the commission at the local government level, which would specify their vehicle and responsibilities on election day.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.