The Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate in the September 28 governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, on Wednesday filed a petition at election petitions tribunal in Benin, challenging the outcome of the poll.
The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared the candidate of the All Progressive Congress, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, winner of the poll, having secured a total of 319,483 votes as against the 253,173 scored by Ize-Iyamu.
In the petition, the PDP candidate, accompanied by the state Chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, asked the tribunal to declare him as the rightful winner of the election.
Ize-Iyamu, who beat the 21-day deadline, filed his petition at about 4:45pm, even as party supporters and journalists had waited at the tribunal since 12noon.
He said, “We just filed and in the next few days, you will begin to get brief about what is at stake. We are asking the court to declare us as the rightful winner of the election.
“Edo people know who won the election. We are law-abiding despite the injustice. I thank Edo people for their patience, despite their anger against the results announced by INEC.”
Ize-Iyamu also noted that he and the opposition party had a “strong” case, which he alleged would expose the “impunity” in the election.
The PDP candidate explained, “Throughout the campaigns, our people kept asking us if we were ready to defend the votes they were going to give to us. We assured them and they came out to vote for us.
“Democracy will not thrive if you allow people to allocate votes. Our case is a strong one and by the time sitting will start, Edo people will be amazed at the impunity to win at all cost.”
Orbih said the party had filed the petition within the stipulated time, as defined by the electoral laws.