Edo Senator criticises ‘go to court’ statement after rigged election

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The Senator representing Edo South, Matthew Urhoghide, has said the practice of urging voters to file a petition after an election had been rigged must stop.

Mr. Urhoghide spoke to journalists in Benin, Thursday, during the collation of the results of the governorship election.

“You don’t blatantly rig an election and then say go to court,” a seething Mr. Urhoghide said inside the premises of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The senator, who was the campaign director for Andrew Ize-Iyamu, the Peoples’ Democratic Party candidate, said although voting at his polling unit was free and fair, the result was cancelled.

“They must do something about it. That unit’s result should be returned, unit 9, ward 2, I voted there. There was no violence in that unit. Why will they cancel the result?”

But a member of the All Progressives Congress, Blessing Agomere, quickly countered Mr. Urhoghide’s claims, saying election results were also cancelled in APC strongholds.

“The election was free and fair,” said Mr. Agomere.

“Even in the deputy governor’s constituency, results were cancelled, in Edo Central, results were cancelled, even in some areas in Edo North, results were cancelled.

“Nobody has complained. INEC is doing their job and they have a right to do their job.

“People find it difficult to accept defeat. If you are a senator and you are defeated in your local government, you accept your defeat. You will not come to INEC and begin to lay allegations.”

Godwin Obaseki, the APC candidate polled 319,483 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr. Ize-Iyamu of the PDP who got 253,173 votes.

On Wednesday, after casting his vote, Mr. Urhoghide had, said the issue of vote-buying by the APC should be nipped in the bud.

“There are criticisms for some of the things going on, particularly the horse trading and the haggling, the touting that is going on,” he had told PREMIUM TIMES.

“It’s very obvious in this Unit 4 and, of course, I think this is obscene. The APC is doing it with a whole lot of impudence.”


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  • peter

    so he should have cancelled d election then you would say he did d right thing abi? if u dont want to go to court, then go home and rest

  • Realitytalk

    Where will you go beofre if you are not happy with the results? Oga, your party has lost. simple

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Bruv, he can also go to he!! if he doesn’t like the courts and the results.

      • Ko

        APC e- rats are coming out now. I believe buhari’s agenda will soon send you and ur master at bourdillon will be swept by the same broom you was used to sweep PDP out of office. Tinubu will soon contract you, being Esq to register another company(aka party) since he has become a minority share holder in APC.

  • Truth is bitter

    Rigging is common to all parties, no exception. When your opponent rig more than you in one ward, you also do the same thing in another ward. It is a matter of those who are caught become thieve.

  • Aminu Baba

    Let someone tell the senator, if he has problem with the pragmatic advice to aggrieved losers to go to court then let them to go to hell then

  • Ahmed m sabitu

    Oga senator for 12years that what you used to tell baba to go to court now your turn why are you not happy with your familiar words

  • Babso

    When your party alleged that the results released were not in line with what you have collated, the place to demonstrate that is in the court. So, please go to court.

    • o

      They will win in court. Sure!

  • Ade Omowest

    Pack your car well Senator, when PDP rigged the 2007 governorship election in Edo you all instructed Oshiomhole to go to court. He did and won. If you and fake Pastor Ize-Iyamu feel the election was compromised, please approach a court of competent jurisdiction and stop the lamentation.

    • Kñîghtš Tëmpłær

      You are an idiot…You are one of the dead brains shouting change begins with me yet you support the evil pattern interrupting civilization in Nigeria…

      • olababa

        control your mouth …the senator is crying because he knows he is not coming back ..

      • FineBoy

        You must have wished that Anenih, Dokpesi, Ikimi and Igbenedions continue the hold of the State. take heart sour loser

      • Ade Omowest

        Cool down Kñîghtš Tëmpłær, the so called “Mr. Spiritual Explorer” and use your common sense (that is not common). PDPig as a party performed woefully in Edo State with Lucky Igbinedon/Ize-Iyamu in charge for 8yrs and APC with Adams Oshiomhole/Obaseki improved the infrastructures, unlike Lucky ‘shearing the money’ to the big guys. The majority of the voters in Edo State have decided. If Ize-Iyamu is not satisfied, he should go to court QED.

  • ukoette ibekwe

    So INEC cancelled the votes in certain areas and still declares a winner?

  • Papis Cruz

    The Senator should have suggested where he wanted them to go. Maybe he wants them to go to war.

  • ayobamiba

    I have no pity for Edo people ,they are traitors next to the Judas race.if they can allow the herdsmen to determine their governor, that’s their own cup of tea.

    • olababa

      who told U Edo people need your pity we are happy and doing fine….you sit down in your state saying nonsense … if pdp lose they must cry # Orubebe….they need jega to tell them sit down…

    • Benny25

      You are the one to pity and a traitor and i won’t spend my time with you cos from all indication you are the mumu

      • dave jacob

        Please be reasonable and morally diligent in the way you speak, especially about a group of people who have decided to go one way and not the other way. It is their choice. Forget this Niger Delta affinity that you think the Edo people should embrace. They were there when PDP ruled them for 8 years, and they are still there as APC’s 8 years winds down, and they can decipher between the past and the present. And, of course, they have the cranial power to decide another way in 4 years time after the exit of Oshiomole.

  • bjay

    Senator sir you were rig in by the same Iyamu in 2015 election,so who’s you to complain now,so go to court.

  • goddy

    The problem with so many people here is that, they want people to capitalize on the situation of the country now to vote APC out, in order to avenge for the lost of PDP in 2015 not minding if the Gov. is doing well or not, even if Satan is contesting under PDP they will be ok with that.

  • Iskacountryman

    apc…na wayas…o

  • Mama Kay

    I really don’t understand what PDP is complaining about.

    Their plan to use violence was disrupted and now they are told to do what they have been asking others to do when they rigged elections.

    What goes around comes around. Be very careful how you deal with others because you may unwittingly be teaching them.

    Sorry, PDP, Nigeria in recession under Buhari is better than Nigeria under PDP and I guess a lot of people felt that way too.

    At least the country is being sorted out for good.

    • lo

      You are very unfair to PDP. If PDP behaved like APC, oshiohmole would have been swept out of office during Jonathan’s time. It’s good to be fair in our comments.

      • Mama Kay

        Not really. Flashback Ekiti and Osun elections when APC leaders were detained by the military. The only thing was Osun people were determined not to suffer the fate of Ekitigate and did everything possible to make sure PDP could not take their state.

    • john

      Urhoghide, WE ARE COMING FOR YOU 2019. You followed the river current last year and sneaked in to the senate on the back of jonathans campaign of hatred. NOW EDO IS FULLY APC. You will be rooted out of that seat 2019. This is the most arrogant and corrupt pharmacist cum politician i’ve ever seen in that state.