Akure - The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State has rejected the appointment of Prof. Kayode Soremekun as the Chief Returning Officer of Saturday's governorship election in the state.
Prof Soremekun is the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti and served as Chief Returning Officer in the September20 governorship election Edo State.
The party n a statement issued on Thursday by its Publicity Director, Ayo Fadaka, said Soremekun was not the only Vice Chancellor in the country.
"We hereby warn INEC not to bring Soremekun and his unscrupulous gang to Ondo State. We emphasis that he is not the only Vice Chancellor in Nigeria and as such does not exclusively possess the skill to discharge that responsibility.
"He is not welcome here and INEC will only incur our wrath if it makes any attempt to impose him to superintend over our election considering the fact that we are rejecting this attempt to bring him here.
"We again declare that INEC is free to recruit any other person to serve as the Chief Returning Officer as we will certainly and vehemently refuse to allow
Soremekun to compromise our election.
"We urge INEC to strive to maintain its integrity and not soil its reputation any further by using people of questionable characters to discharge sensitive roles in elections.
"Conclusively, we say no to Professor Soremekun to play any role in our election.
"We also wish to remind that in Ondo State we have a culture of vehement resistance to election manipulation, thus we warn stringently that we will refuse Soremekun's appointment as our Chief Returning Officer.
- News 24