Prof. Ogunbodede is an ally of the incumbent governor and hails From Owo as Gov. Akeredolu”Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State alleged.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the Vice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Prof. Eyitope Ogungbenro Ogunbodede, as Chief Returning Officer for Ondo State governorship election scheduled for Saturday 10 October 2020.
PDP alleged that Ondo Indigenes cannot get free and fair election with the present composition of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Chairman, PDP National Campaign Council, Governor Seyi Makinde, made this known at a briefing in Akure.
The Governor stated that Ogunbodede was a known crony of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and hails from Owo, the hometown of Akeredolu.
Makinde, insisted that Ogunbodede would not be a fair umpire in the proceedings by virtue of his association with Akeredolu, hence, called on INEC to immediately replace him.
Makinde said the OAU Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) Prof. A S Bamire, who conducted the training of Returning Officers was not also a neutral party for the purpose of Saturday’s election.
The Oyo Governor threatened that anybody that attempts to rig Saturday’s election would be reported to the international community.
He said they had to cry out because once a Returning Officer makes a pronouncement, issues would resort to the tribunal.
“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.
“We call on all security agencies in Ondo State 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. Politicians may come and go, but the people will always remain. Remember, the world is watching.”