PDP rejects Edo governorship election result

Ize-Iyamu casting his vote at the polling unit
Ize-Iyamu casting his vote at the polling unit

The Peoples Democratic Party in Edo State has rejected the results of Wednesday’s elections held in the state.

The results from 17 local governments so far show the ruling APC has an unassailable lead of 306,663 votes to the PDP’s 244,363 votes.

Only one local government is yet to be announced.

The News Agency of Nigeria quotes the Edo PDP State chairman, Dan Orbi, as alleging that the results were pre-determined and fabricated.

The party rejected the results at a press conference addressed by Mr. Orbih, on Thursday in Benin, NAN reports.

The press conference was also attended the party’s governorship candidate in the election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

The party and its candidate said they rejected the results because they were “fabricated and a pre-determined” by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Edo Government.

Mr. Orbih said the results as they were being announced by the INEC, were at a complete variance with what the party got from it agents and independent observers.

He said the two-week extension of the poll by the electoral body was to allow for more time to perfect the manipulation of the process.

“You will recall that our state Publicity Secretary had briefed the press less than 48 hours to the elections on what is playing out now.

“If you go by the results that were announced at the polling units and wards across the state, it shows that PDP would have won by over 30,000 votes.

“What INEC is announcing is clearly different from what we got from our agents and independent observers in the 192 wards and over 2,000 units across the state.

“We are rejecting these results as they were being announced by INEC and we are coming out early enough to make this known,” he said.

The chairman said the cancellation of some results on the basis of failed card reader was part of a deliberate plan to also manipulate the poll.

He alleged that the areas were results were canceled were stronghold of the PDP.

“I wonder what the Incident Form is for. Voters should not be made to suffer unduly for the inefficiency of card readers,” he said.

On his part, the governorship candidate said he aligned himself with the position of the party.

“The results are not a true reflection of what happened in the field. The INEC only played a script written by the Government of Edo,” he said.



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  • Watch man

    When APC lost and complained in Rivers State, the current governor asked them to go to court. I think that same advice is good for the PDP in Edo State. This is the game they have all been playing. So, there should be no complain.

  • ed

    The change is for the worst. The only reason for postponing the election is to perfect the rigging.
    The democratic presidential and governorship system of government can’t survive under President Buhari regime. You can tell from the get go that APC will do everything possible to rig.

  • AyPoint Blank

    Crying babies! Look around for Orubebe to come and perform his magic. I don’t blame you. If GMB was man enough to rig Bayelsa and Rivers, you people wouldn’t have had hope to nurse any fake ambition in the first place. gerrou-of-here-meeeeen!

  • paul irumundomon

    We have almost 30,000 uniform officers, in an election of 1.9 million registered voters. Every polling boot, have party agents, if inec results are different, from agents on ground, should the pdp just go home, because buhari is predident.


    PDP should evolve and begin to understand what democracy and democratic elections mean. The results were not generated by inec. Inec plays no part as except its nominal and constitutional role in organising and supervising the elections. NYSC corp members were polling agents in all the PU. They counted and announced the results in all the PUs with party observers and voters watching. Nigeria of 1999 is not the Nigeria of 2016 were social media and smart phones hold sway. Unlike what was operational during the pdp dark era, we never saw military, police and security agents thumb printing and hijacking ballot boxes. There was no single Inec staff that was either a collating officer or returning officer as most of them, came from Ekiti and had problems pronouncing most of the LGAs. Let them go to court and waste their time.