- The VC of OAU, Eyitope Ogungbenro Ogunbodede, has been rejected by the PDP as the returning officer of INEC in the Ondo guber
- The PDP alleged that Ogunbodede will not be neutral in carrying out his duties because he is loyal to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu
- In fact, Governor Seyi Makinde claimed that Ogunbodede is from the same area with Akeredolu, which is Owo
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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has vehemently rejected the returning officer chosen by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the Ondo gubernatorial election.
After a training conducted by the deputy vice-chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Professor A S Bamire, the vice-chancellor, Eyitope Ogungbenro Ogunbodede, was picked for the job, The Nation reports.
However, the chairman of the PDP's campaign council for the election, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo on Thursday, October 8, claimed that Ogunbodede will not be fair and neutral in carrying out his duties because he is loyal to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu who hails from the same area with him, Owo.
Apart from threatening that anyone who tries to rig the coming poll will face sanction from the international community, Makinde stressed that the PDP will take the case to the tribunal if the election results are manipulated.
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“Why did INEC bring somebody from Owo? Why go to OAU? Are there no other universities? We don’t want Ondo people to be cheated.
“We also take this opportunity to call on all lovers of democracy around the world to pay attention to what the APC led administration in the center is trying to do in Ondo State.
“We call on the United Nations, the European Union, the United State and the United Kingdom and indeed all allies of democracy to call INEC to order."
Meanwhile, the PDP had reacted to the spate of violence that had characterised preparations to the Ondo gubernatorial election.
The opposition party claimed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was working with Akeredolu to rain terror on not just its candidate, Jegede Eyitayo, but the people of the state.
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