Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has taken a swipe at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, saying they were the actual riggers of the September 28 governorship election in the state.
Oshiomhole said but for massive rigging by the PDP, its candidate could not have garnered more than 50,000 votes.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Godwin Obaseki, was declared winner of the election with 319,483 votes while Pastor Ize-Iyamu polled 253,173 votes to come second.
Oshiomhole, who spoke while addressing APC youths during a road show on Wednesday in Benin, the state capital, said he was prepared to meet the PDP in court and show how the party and its candidate rigged the election.
He 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”, Gov. Oshiomhole told the youth. “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”, he said.