Osun: Adeleke Accuses Resident Electoral Commissioner of Partisan, Calls for Withdrawal

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Osun: Adeleke Accuses Resident Electoral Commissioner of Partisan, Calls for Withdrawal

By Kaosara Olayemi Oladimeji

Senator Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Osun state, has called on INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu to withdraw the Resident Electoral Commissioner assigned to the state for the July 16, 2022 gubernatorial election, Professor Kayode Adebowale, Vice Chancellor of University of Ibadan, because he will sabotage the election as a member of the ruling All Progressives (APC).

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Adeleke also accused the ruling APC of killing three of his supporters with the state security outfit Amotekun, according to a press statement jointly signed by Barrister Niyi Owolade, Chairman, Legal Committee, and Prince Diran Odeyemi, Chairman, Media And Strategy Committee, released in Osogbo on Monday.

On the appointment of the Returning Officer, Professor Adebowale, the party said, “As much as we have confidence that adherence to the spirit and letters of the Electoral Act will guarantee free and fair election, we reject the appointment of Prof Adebowale as State Returning Officer for the July 16th election on account of partisanship and affiliation with the All Progressive Congress as a party through the party’s former national chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun (the chairman of the governing council and pro chancellor of University of Ibadan), the Governor -elect of Ekiti state, Mr Biodun Oyebanji and his membership of alumni association of Ayedaade Grammar School, Ikire of which Osun state deputy governor is a member.

“It is particularly troubling that the Vice Chancellor was part of Ekiti APC campaign on more than five occasions. He was specifically very close to the family of the Ekiti Governor elect before and during the campaigns.” the party further accused.
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“It would therefore be unfair to the mantra of free and fair election for such a figure with close affinity to the APC to be appointed State Returning Officer for the July 16 elections. Prof Adebowale is not just an appointee of Oyegun led Council, he is clearly a member of the inner circle of APC going by his recent activities.

“We therefore call on the National Chairman of INEC, Prof Mamhood Yakubu to urgently withdraw the appointment of Prof Adebowale and appoint a new neutral Returning Officer for Osun poll.

“We warn that we will not allow an APC sympathiser to superintend over Osun election as was the case in 2018.

“We reject the appointment of Prof Adebowale as State Returning Officer and demand the appointment of a neutral STO by INEC.”said Senator Ademola Adeleke

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ademola_Adeleke

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