The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected results of the governorship election so far announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Edo State.
With result of one local government yet to be announced by the electoral umpire, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Godwin Obaseki, is clearly leading in 12 LGAs with 306,663 votes with the PDP flag bearer, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, trailing behind in five LGAs with 244,363 votes.
But the PDP, in a press conference addressed by its chairman in Edo State, Dan Orbih, on Thursday, rejected the results, saying they were “fabricated and predetermined” by INEC.
Mr. Orbih, who addressed the press briefing alongside Ize-Iyamu, said that the results being announced by INEC were at a complete variance with what the party got from it agents and independent observers on the field.
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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 the192 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”, Orbih 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.