Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, the incumbent Governor of Ondo State, has narrate as unlucky the statement credited to Seyi Makinde, the Chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council and his Oyo State counterpart for the Governorship poll in the state, over his statement that the Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, should be changed as Chief returning officer for the governorship election scheduled for Saturday in Ondo State.

Akeredolu said in his statement, through Olabode Richard Olatunde his spokesperson that, “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.”

Meanwhile, Seyi Makinde, the Executive Governor of Oyo State said at a press conference had alleged that Prof. Ogunbodede is Akeredolu kinsman from Owo.

Olabode Richard Olatunde disclosed in the statement released on Thursday night underscore that “As at the time he raised the objection, INEC had not even announced the appointment of a Retuning 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 Organisation, we believe in fairness and credibility. Our trust in INEC on a free, fair and credible election on Saturday remains undoubted.

“Therefore, 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.”

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