Edo election: Ize-Iyamu, APC rejects results, Buhari congratulates Obaseki

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo has rejected the result of the governorship election in the state.

In a statement issued on Sunday, John Mayaki, chairman of the APC media campaign council, alleged that the results were tampered with through “strong arm tactics”.

He, however, urged party members to remain calm while the result is studied to decide on the next line of action.

“On this note, we hereby reject the outcome of the election, and urge our members to stay calm. We thank them for their support. We’ll be announcing our decision and course of action shortly,” the statement read.

“Obaseki shouted that he was being rigged out and blamed INEC at the initial stage, but that was to divert attention from the evil going on in the field.

“The Party also notes the arbitrary arrest of our local party members, who could have resisted the outrage, while Mr Obaseki was busy diverting attention with false alarm.

“There were obvious illicit tampering with results, to shore up PDP numbers and mark down that of our party. Areas where we won, they cancelled them. They decreased the votes in areas we had advantage; they rejected our results and jerked up theirs.

“The ‘strong arm’ tactics, as seen in the election, cannot slide. Our people were arbitrarily arrested, while many of the figures were fabricated.”

Meanwhile, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the APC in the governorship election, has appreciated his supporters for their efforts.

In a statement on Sunday, he also said he was studying the result, and added that his next line of action would be announced soon.

“I thank and appreciate my teeming supporters, who had to endure many evils including being prevented from exercising their franchise, for their support and determination during the election,” he said.

“I assure you all that I am studying the results along with other party members and will announce my next move soon.”

Meanwhile President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Obaseki on securing a second term in office.

In a statement issued on Sunday by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, Buhari said he is committed to free and fair elections because it is the bedrock of true democracy.

He also urged Obaseki to celebrate in humility.

“My commitment to free and fair elections is firm, because without free and fair elections, the foundation of our political and moral authority will be weak,” Buhari said.

“I have consistently advocated for free and fair elections in the country because it is the bedrock of true democracy.

“Democracy will mean nothing if the votes of the people don’t count or if their mandate is fraudulently tampered with.”

The president also commended the people of Edo state, the parties, candidates and security agencies for conducting themselves responsibly during the exercise.

Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was declared the winner of the September 19 election.

Obaseki, who won 13 out of the 18 local government areas in the state, secured 307,955 votes to defeat his closest rival, Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC who polled 223,619 votes.

Obaseki will be sworn in for another tenure in office in November.


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