ONDO ELECTION: AKEREDOLU RESPONDS TO PDP’S STATEMENT OF RETURNING OFFICER
Rotimi Akeredolu, candidate of APC in the governorship election in Ondo State has lashed the Peoples Democratic Party for raising false alarm over the appointment of a Returning Officer for this Saturday’s election.
This is in response to the statement made by the PDP’s National Chairman, Seyi Makinde rejecting the appointment of the Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede as the Chief Returning Officer for Saturday’s Governorship election in Ondo State.
Akeredolu said that as at the time he raised the objection, INEC had not even announced the appointment of a Returning Officer for the Saturday’s election. Akeredolu through the spokesperson of his campaign office, Richard Olabode Olatunde disclosed in his statement: ‘We find as unfortunate, the statement credited to the Governor of Oyo State and Chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council for the Governorship election in Ondo State, Seyi Makinde, rejecting the Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, as the Chief Returning Officer for Saturday’s Governorship election in Ondo State.
Read Also: Akeredolu Orders Deputy to Resign
‘While it is forgivable for the PDP in Ondo State to continue to raise false alarm and make spurious allegations over the election, it is inexcusable for a Governor like Seyi Makinde to market ignorance in such a shameful manner. This ridicules, in no small measure, the exalted office of Governor.
‘As at the time he raised the objection, INEC had not even announced the appointment of a Returning Officer for this Saturday’s election. We cannot but wonder how and where Governor Makinde in particular, got the information.
‘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. No indigene of Ondo State can ever be made a Returning Officer.
‘By this pedestrian dance, Governor Makinde has shown himself to be a disgrace to public decency and the office he is holding. For us in the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Akeredolu/Aiyedatiwa Campaign Organization, we believe in fairness and credibility. Our trust in INEC on a free, fair and credible election on Saturday remains undoubted.
He further stated ‘we urge the people of the state to disregard the ignorance exhibited by the PDP and Governor Seyi Makinde while getting set to participate in the election on Saturday.’
Photo Credit: Vanguardngr