PDP rejects INEC’s reappointment of Edo Returning Officer for Ondo election

INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu
INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the decision of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to appoint Kayode Soremekun as the returning officer for Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Ondo State.

Mr. Soremekun, who is the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, was the returning officer during September’s gubernatorial election in neighbouring Edo State, which the party’s candidate lost.

The PDP claimed Mr Soremekun was a party to the alleged widespread rigging during the election won by the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Godwin Obaseki.

Banji Okunomo, the publicity secretary of the PDP in Ondo State, said the party had confirmed that several officials who perpetrated the “rigging” of the Edo election were being escorted to the state capital, Akure, on Friday by policemen from Ekiti State, with instructions to repeat what they did in Edo State.

“This is uncalled for and a further attestation to the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) desperation to rig the governorship election in favour of its candidate. We will not accept this,” he said in a statement late on Thursday.
“It would be recalled that these same people were the ones used by the APC to manipulate the Edo State election which, today, is being described as one of the most fraudulent elections in the history of the nation’s democracy.”

Mr Okuomo said the APC in the state had been instructed to repeat the template it used in rigging the election in Edo State.

“It is rather unfortunate that the INEC in Ondo State would heed the instructions given by its defacto Chairman, Mrs Amina Zakari to use the Edo State template for Ondo State.

“Just like the experience in Edo State, the PDP has gathered that results have already been written for Prof. Soremekun and his team to announce after the election,” he said.

Mr Ojunomo wondered why INEC would bring back Mr. Soremekun after the controversy that surrounded his role in Edo State, when it could have used any professor from other nearby universities.

“There are so many University Dons of repute in Nigeria. If at all the INEC is constrained financially, it could still make do with Vice Chancellors of nearby Federal Universities in Osun, Oyo and even Edo States.

“Apparently, Prof Soremekun is not the only Vice Chancellor in Nigeria and there is no reason why he should be INEC’s choice again especially considering his controversial role in the rigging of the recently held Edo Election,” he said.

He warned INEC that any attempt to manipulate the result of Saturday’s election would be vehemently resisted by the people on Ondo State

“We must let the INEC know that much as Ondo State people are peace loving, we would not allow any form of misdemeanour on the part of INEC or its agents. We would resist any attempt to manipulate the election result.

“We reject any form of advanced rigging in the Ondo State governorship election and want the electoral umpire to be unbiased for the sake of peace during and after the poll.

“We remain resolute in our commitment to building our democracy. However, we call on the electorate to be at alert till the final results of the election is announced,” he said.


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  • dami

    Allegations or facts…or PDP wants Inec to appoint one of them as returning officer..??

    • sab

      If it is true that the same man who presided over the Edo election just two months ago is being appointed for the Ondo polls, I don’t think there is any reason for other parties not to raise concern. After all, he is not the only one in the country

      • Sandra

        Exactly…!!!

        • truth

          yes massively rigged

          • truth

            Truth
            Is the prof. the only prof in nigeria or he is doing humanitarian service?

          • Babso

            He need to understand what is require of him as the returning officer and this he has from the one done in Edo. Why waste resources going to coach another VC when there is ready made close by.

          • Benny25

            Truth who rig Edo state election? were you in Edo state and are they fact that the election was rigged. Well i was in Edo state and i voted. Hear what happened.

            PDP and APC induced voters; PDP officials were given voters #2,000 initially but out of the blues, APC came out with #3,000 some were even paid more than the amount, some received double of it
            PDP failed to comprehend and re-strategize their game plans, this old trick of inducement was use during the presidential election and national assembly and this decimated the plans of APC and before they knew it, it was already a done deal

            Now during the Governorship election, all plans establish, huge sums were brought into the field and a waiting game began; PDP threw the first punch and before you know it, APC BROUGHT LOT OF IT. The voters stood in awe, took the baits and voted likewise.

            Mr. Truth stop spreading falsehood, you were not there, please establish your fact though the truth and this is the truth. I was there and i saw it all and again Obaseki won fair and square QED

      • MO the Observer

        was Edo election rigged?

      • tundemash

        It is not the other parties raising concern, it is the usual suspect; PDPigs. And to use your logic; are PDPigs the only party in the country ?
        When next you have a competition, tell the organisers you want to choose whom to officiate. If PDPigs claimed election was rigged anywhere, let them go to court; noise making and deceitful outburst can only f00l their supporters.

      • dami

        But there is also no reason not to appoint him…or are the allegations now a fact? Has any court convicted the guy or what?
        Making changes based on rumour / allegation is just opening the door to bad belle politics and decisions…also there is no one that INEC appoints that will be acceptable to the PDP…unless only if they (PDP) are the ruling party and have the power to hire and fire….only then will they accept.

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  • Charles

    there is no need to change a wining team. CPC, sorry apc CARRY GO.

  • Inieke Akpan Ekuma

    PDP in 16 years never listen to protest why should they think they could earned attention did they change Morris Iwu who conducted the worst election in Nigeria?