The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said it would challenge the outcome of the Edo State governorship election at the election petitions tribunal.
The Edo State PDP Chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, in a chat with The PUNCH on Monday in Benin, said that the party would leave nothing to chance to prove that the result was manipulated and that it would also expose the alleged corruption and incompetence of the electoral commission.
“Of course, we are going to file our petition at the election petitions tribunal. We will give it our all. If nothing else, to expose to Nigerians how corrupt and incompetent INEC is, under its present leadership.
“Our lawyers are busy; they are working. Until they formally file a petition, all I can say is that we are going to challenge the result of this election at the tribunal.”
“We will pursue this matter to a logical conclusion and I believe that the judiciary has a role to play to save democracy and give Nigerians hope that, in a country where people do things with impunity, people can still approach the judiciary for justice.”
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had last Thursday declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Godwin Obaseki, as the winner of the Edo state governorship election.
According to INEC’s Chief Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, Mr. Obaseki satisfied the requirements by scoring the highest number of votes, totalling 319,483 while his counterpart in the PDP, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, polled 253,173 votes to come second.
The APC candidate won in Akoko-Edo LGA, Ikpoba-Okha, Etsako West, Etsako East, Etsako Cenral, Owan East LGA, Ovia North LGA, Oredo LGA, Uhunwomnde, Igueben LGA, Egor LGA, Owan West LGA.
While the PDP candidate won in Esan North Central, Esan West LGA, Orhionmwon LGA, Esan South East LGA, Esan North East LGA.