- The claim that INEC has appointed OAU's VC as its returning officer for the Ondo guber has been described as a false alarm
- The claim was made earlier by the PDP and the governor of Oyo, Seyi Makinde
- However, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has stated that this is not true since INEC cannot appoint an Ondo indigene as a returning officer for the coming poll
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The governor of Ondo, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has criticised the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for raising fears over the alleged appointment of the vice-chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) as the returning officer for the coming election.
Noting that it is a false alarm, Akeredolu said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has never at any time chosen Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede as its chief returning officer.
In a statement through the spokesperson of his campaign office, Richard Olabode Olatunde, Akeredolu wondered where Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo got the news from.
The Ondo governor noted that Makinde as a member of the Nigerian council of state should know that INEC cannot appoint any indigene from the state as a returning officer for the election.
Akeredolu, who said the Oyo governor should know better, expressed disappointment over Makinde's position. He described Makinde as a disgrace to public decency and also to the office he is holding.
The statement partly read:
“Governor Makinde, as a member of the Nigerian Council of State, ought to know that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) does not, and shall never appoint a Returning Officer who is an indigene to administer elections.
“By this pedestrian dance, Governor Makinde has shown himself to be a disgrace to public decency and the office he is holding."
Earlier, the PDP vehemently rejected the returning officer for the Ondo gubernatorial election.
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