Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has charged members of the Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission, ODIEC to conduct a free and fair local government election in the state.
Akeredolu was speaking in Akure on Tuesday when he administered oath of office on the newly appointed members of the commission.
"It is possible for us to have the leadership of a local government belong to a different political party in the state. Our political experiences make the possibility appear remote in this clime. It is attainable if we are committed and sincere," the governor said.
According to him, free fair and credible local government election will help deepen our current democratic experiment.
Akeredolu said having elected servants of the people at local government level will make governance seamless and improve the living conditions of the people.
He said" The local government is guaranteed in section 7 of the 1999 constitution (as amended). It is expected to discharge its mandate to the people in the areas of primary education, health care, recreation and social development.
"Markets, parks and other public recreational facilities are within the jurisdiction of tye Local Government.
"The scope of administration at this level covers issues which affect the immediate welfare of the majority of the people. There is no gain asserting the obvious that local government plays pivotal roles in the development of the country."
The new ODIEC members are Prof Yomi Dinakin who will serve as chairman, Dr. Soji Omowole, Oladele Akinyelure Esq, Tunde Adeleye, Mrs Stella Omotoso, Taju Ibrahim and Rotimi Olorunfemi.
Also inaugurated by the governor were members of the board of Ondo State Property Development Corporation, OSPDC.
Akeredolu urged the OSPDC board members to contribute meaningfully to the development of the state, adding that it is time to justify the trust reposed in them by the people and government of the state.