PDP rejects Prof. Ogungbero as Ondo Returning Officer

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The Peoples Democratic () has rejected Vice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Prof. Eyitope Ogungbenro Ogunbodede, as Returning Officer of Saturday’ governorship election in Ondo.


The alleged Ondo residents cannot get free and fair election the present composition of the Independent Electoral Commission ().

Chairman of the Campaign Council, Governor Seyi Makinde, who spoke at a briefing in Akure, said Ogunbodede was a known crony of Governor Oluwarotimi and hails from Owo, hometown of .

Makinde, who insisted that Ogunbodede would not be a fair umpire in the proceedings by virtue of his , called to immediately replace him.

Makinde said OAU Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) Prof. A Bamire, who conducted the training of Returning Officers was not a neutral for the purpose of Saturday’ election.

The Oyo Governor threatened that anybody that attempted to rig Saturday’ election would be reported to the international community.

He said they were crying out because once the Returning Officer made a pronouncement, it would resort to the going to the .


“Why did bring somebody from Owo? Why go to OAU? Are there no other ? We don’t want Ondo people to be cheated.

“We also this opportunity to call all lovers of democracy around the world to attention to what the APC led administration in the center is trying to do in Ondo .

“We call the United Nations, the European Union, the United and the United Kingdom and indeed all allies of democracy to call INEC to order.

“We call on all security agencies in Ondo allow themselves to be used as a tool against the will of the people.

“We commend you for all you have done so far providing the needed support and security for our candidate and our people.

“We urge you to do more. Don’t forget that history and posterity have never been kind to anyone who allow themselves to be used as a tool for injustice.

“We urge you to read the mood of the people and act accordingly. may come and go, but the people will always remain. Remember, the world is watching.”

The Nation