The National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has decided to contest the result of the recently-concluded Edo governorship election in court.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the September 28 governorship election, Godwin Obaseki, winner of the keenly-contested poll.
But the PDP’s decision to drag the APC to court over the election was taken at a meeting between the leadership of the party led by the Caretaker Committee Chairman, Sen Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, and its caucus of both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Addressing reporters after the meeting yesterday, PDP spokesperson, Prince Dayo Adeyeye expressed optimism that the party would win at the court.
According to Adeyeye, “We discussed it. We know that we were we robbed in Edo State. We believe that we will have our day in court. And by the grace of God, we still have confidence in the judiciary. What happened in Edo State will not stand.
Meanwhile, Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has claimed that the PDP,and its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, were the actual riggers of the September 28 governorship election in the state.
He said Pastor Ize-Iyamu could not have polled more than 50,000 votes if the election was not rigged.
Oshiomhole spoke on Wednesday while addressing the All Progressive Congress, APC, youths during a road show.
He stated that he was prepared to meet the PDP in court and show how the party and its candidate rigged the election.
The governor said: “We are happy with the outcome of the election. We have gone to present the candidate to the Crown Prince, the Edaiken N’Uselu, and he (Obaseki) has been very well received.
“Thank you for coming out to celebrate. I am sure we encouraged our opponents to go to court. We will be able to lead evidence to show how much they profited from electoral fraud because the Ize-Iyamu that I know is not worthy of 50,000 votes.”
“So, it’s like an armed robber rushing to the police station with bullet wounds and claiming that he has been shot, whereas he was the one who opened fire on very innocent people. We will expose them where it matters in our courtrooms. Remain firm and resolute.
“For me, I am happy. The political funeral of the godfathers is final. There is nothing they can do to turn the will of God. So, this is our finest hour and I can’t wait to meet them in court.”