Government and Politics

APC rejects Edo governorship election results

Written by Chukwuma Obiasia

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has officially rejected the 2020 Edo governorship election resuylt which brought back Godwin Obaseki as the Governor of the state.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had yesterday declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Godwin Obaseki, winner of the Governorship election in Edo State.

INEC’s Returning Officer, Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, announced the total result of the election yesterday.

APC polled 223,619 votes, while PDP got 307,955 votes.

Rejecting the outcome of the election, Chairman of the APC Media Campaign Council, John Mayaki in his statement, alleged that there was foul play due to strong-arm tactics.

Mayaki also claimed that there was an arbitrary arrest of local party members.

He 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.

“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”, the statement read.

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