#EdoDecides: PDP Heads For Tribunal

The Peoples Democratic Party on Monday said that it would challenge the outcome of the Edo State governorship election at the election petitions tribunal.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had last Thursday declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Godwin Obaseki, as the winner of the election.

According to the electoral umpire, Obaseki had a total of 319,483 votes while his counterpart in the PDP, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, polled 253,173 votes to come second.

The opposition had rejected the result, which it described as a fraud, and accused INEC of alleged complicity.

But the Edo State PDP Chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, who disclosed this in a chat with The PUNCH in Benin, the Edo State capital, explained that the party would leave nothing to chance to prove that the result was manipulated and that it would also expose the alleged corruption and incompetence of the electoral commission.

He, therefore, called for the dissolution of the present leadership of the INEC.

Orbih said, “Of course, we are going to file our petition at the election petitions tribunal. We will give it our all. If nothing else, to expose to Nigerians how corrupt and incompetent INEC is, under its present leadership.

“Our lawyers are busy; they are working. Until they formally file a petition, all I can say is that we are going to challenge the result of this election at the tribunal.”

While stressing the role of the judiciary in upholding the tenet of democracy, he expressed confidence in its ability to give justice to Nigerians.

“We will pursue this matter to a logical conclusion and I believe that the judiciary has a role to play to save democracy and give Nigerians hope that, in a country where people do things with impunity, people can still approach the judiciary for justice,” he added.

On whether the party was convinced that the outcome of the tribunal would not end in favour of the candidate returned elected by the INEC, as was the case in Bayelsa and Kogi states, Orbih noted that the PDP would give the tribunal the benefit of the doubt.

He said, “What happened in Kogi is not what has happened in Edo. What happened in Bayelsa is not what has happened in Edo.

“We must give that benefit of doubt, rather than resort to self-help or take the law into our hands. We want to test this obvious fraudulent manipulation of INEC, in collaboration with the state government, in the election result in the judiciary.”

No Room For Opposition Members In My Cabinet – Obaseki

Edo State Governor-elect, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said no member of the opposition political parties should expect to make his cabinet after his inauguration on November 12.

Obaseki, who spoke during an interactive session with journalists, noted that though he could explain the focus and vision of his administration to them, none of them would be appointed in his administration.

The incumbent Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, had at the inception of his administration in 2008, appointed three members of the Peoples Democratic Party into his cabinet.

Obaseki said, “I will not be able to accept anybody from the opposition political parties as a commissioner in my cabinet.”

The governor-elect said he would immediately form a team for the purpose of preparing the 2017 appropriation budget.

According to him, he has to prepare the budget in order to hit the ground running because he has only four weeks to present it before the House of Assembly embarks on a recess.

Obaseki added that apart from the creation of jobs and economic empowerment, the focus of his administration would not be different from that of the incumbent governor.

Obaseki, who noted that the opposition had capitalised on the protests by some pensioners prior to the governorship election, said only 700 pensioners, out of the 11,700 who retired from the state civil service, had yet to be paid.

Obaseki said, “Some people took advantage of the electioneering and tried to get at us. People had hoped that with the anxiety to win election, we would have resolved the issues.’

Aregbesola Thanks Edo Electorate For Not “Changing The Change”

Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun on Thursday in Abuja thanked Edo electorate for voting Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying “thank you for not changing the change’’.

Aregbesola said this when he broke the news of Obaseki’s victory as Edo governor-elect to newsmen at the “National Day of Solidarity with Cuba’’.

The event is a roundtable discussion on strengthening International Struggle against all forms of Blockade and Isolation against Cuba.

“I am happy that my party has won in Edo. I thank the Edo people for not changing the change. This change is here to stay,’’ he said.

He appealed to Nigerians to continue to bear with the administration in the face of economy recession.

“Please bear with us, it will soon be and the nation will come out in victory,’’ he said.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had, earlier in the day in Benin, declared Obaseki winner of the governorship election in the state.

Obaseki polled 319,483 votes to defeat his closest rival, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 253,173 votes.

It will be recalled that the slogan for the PDP campaigns in the state was “change the change’’.

(NAN)

Buhari Congratulates Obaseki, Oshiomhole On Victory In Edo Polls

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the APC candidate, Godwin Obaseki and the people of Edo on successful conclusion of the gubernatorial election in the state.

In a telephone call to Gov. Adams Oshiohmole of Edo on Thursday, the President noted with delight the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Godwin Obaseki.

He commended the well articulated campaign programme of the APC in the state, the doggedness of the governor, governor-elect and party members in going round the state to reach the people with records of good governance.

According to the president, the outcome of the election clearly reflects the mood of the people to sustain the pedigree of responsiveness, forthrightness and diligence that Oshiohmole brought into the service of his people.

He said “the victory is good for democracy, for Nigeria and for the people of Edo.”

The President further maintained that the victory was well deserved as the campaign train, which he joined, worked hard to sell its people-centered manifesto.

He applauded the conduct of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies, corps members and the electorate in ensuring peaceful election in the state.

INEC had announced that Obaseki of the APC won majority of the votes cast in the Sept. 28 Edo poll with a total of 319,483 votes.

Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the PDP came second with 253,173 votes.

Why We Rejected Edo Guber Poll Result – PDP

Press Statement

The PDP in Edo State, after carefully reviewing the events of yesterday September 28th, 2016, totally rejects the purported outcome of the voting exercise and the results announced by INEC.

Firstly, we are in total amazement at the details of the results released by INEC because all of them are fake and not the figures announced at various units and as collated at various wards across the state. The fake results announced by INEC are entirely a fabrication which do not reflect the true picture of what transpired during the election. However, we are not totally surprised because long before now, we had anticipated this and had also warned INEC, security agencies and alerted Edo people at various press conferences and statements, on this situation.

Secondly, based on the results emanating from across the state, PDP won the election fair and square, and with a very comfortable margin. So it is with disgust that we have been receiving fake results which were never recorded in either the units or the ward collation centers.

Our rejection of the results released by INEC so far is based on, but not limited to, the following

We know that a fair turnout of voters was recorded statewide because the weather was very clement and voters were enthusiastic. However, unknown to unsuspecting Edo electorate, INEC had long provided the serial numbers of all result sheets to Adams Oshiomole and his APC government, to print fresh result sheets. This is not a mere allegation.

From the benefit of hindsight, the 18 day period of postponement of the election was to provide enough time for the Governor and his government to print these result sheets and perfect the writing of fake results at the units and at all levels of collation.

This scenario is further buttressed by the fact that on Monday September 26th, 2016, when election materials arrived from the CBN at INEC state office for inspection, agents of the political parties including the APC and PDP were given pre-typed copies of the serial numbers of all result sheets and the ballot papers. This was a clear security breach and an infringement on the credibility of the process, as these are sensitive materials, which should not have been sighted even by INEC officers.

Everything that has transpired had been carefully designed by the Adams Oshiomole led Edo State government and their cohorts in INEC. They perfected a scheme to void thousands of ballot papers, to enable them perpetrate their devices. It is widely recorded that over 88% of the voided ballots were PDP votes.

Postings of Commissioners of Police and and removal of officers from their units, even during the voting exercise, was a clear plot to destabilize the security apparatus in various LGAs and Senatorial districts. The same goes for the DSS personnel across the state.

Choice of collation from places they chose as well as the choice of the state returning officer, in the person of a close friend and associate of former Governors Fayemi and Niyi Adebayo of Ekiti State, who are top APC chieftains. They also prevented our agents in many cases from entering collation centers.

There are numerous accounts and records of Police harassment all over the state, designed to strike fear in the hearts of PDP members, using men of the CID (Criminal Investigation Department), SARS, MOPOL 60 Command, DSS and other security agencies. Of particular concern is the atrocious gangsterism demonstrated in Etsako West, the home of the incumbent APC Governor and the deputy governor nominee, where many of our members and agents were assaulted, almost mortally, and some still being detained as we speak.

Those still detained include Michael Etu, Gabriel Etu and Mohammed Sani. Also, a Honda Accord vehicle, with registration number FST 868 BC, belonging to one of our stalwarts was destroyed, and is still lying at the voting center.

There is also the widely reported and recorded case of collation center disruption in Oredo local government, by the notorious Osakpamwan Eriyo, who invaded the venue and released shots in the air, chasing away supporters and people, before making away with the results. This happened in the full glare of the Police, DSS, INEC and other security personnel. Interestingly, neither INEC nor the Police showed any concern or any resistance, even as we speak.

It is on record that the level of open financial inducements was unprecedented and indigent voters were being offered between N2,000 and N5,000 to cast their votes, and also forced to display their ballot prints. Numerous videos were posted on social media showing APC members handing out monies to voters, in the full glare of INEC and security officers.

Deliberate connivance with INEC staff to steal materials and results in various wards. We particularly take note of materials stolen at Ologbo, Ikpoba Okha, Nikorogha, Ovia South West, Urhonigbe in Orhionmwon, Udaba in Etsako Central, Opoji in Esan Central and many others.

To put it mildly, Edo 2016 has turned out to be a travesty of our democracy, and it is calamitous that in spite of all the atrocities committed by APC, nothing happened to thugs like Osakpamwan Eriyo who went to George Idah Primary school in Oredo Local government area, to snatch results in the full glare of the Police, SSS and INEC officials. Shooting, chasing and scaring away voters, and even international observers, is nothing short of a bastardisation of our hard earned democracy.

A few days ago, we mentioned in a press statement, that Adams Oshiomole boasted openly, how he had prepared results already for the election, which will be announced, and PDP can go to court. It has been executed today, but the will of Edo people will never be subverted by Adams Oshiomole and his cohorts. We will do everything within the law to claim our mandate. In the words of Plato, the penalty we pay for refusing to participate in politics, and to exercise our right, is that we end up being governed and oppressed by evil men. This impunity must end in Edo State!

PDP, Ize-Iyamu, Reject Edo Election Results

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has rejected the results of the Edo governorship election held on Wednesday, ahead of the announcement of the outcome.

The party had warned INEC that it would not accept any result different from what was announced at the various polling units in the state.

The PDP rejected the results in a press conference addressed by its Chairman in the state, Mr Dan Orbih, on Thursday in Benin.

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

Both the party and it’s 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.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that INEC was announcing the results of the poll as at the time of filing this report.

Orbih said that 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 alleged that 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 where results were canceled were strongholds 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.

He said the results as were being announced by INEC, were clearly at variance with the widely acclaimed voter- turnout that was also acknowledged by the electoral umpire itself.

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.

NAN

#EdoDecides: APC Leads, As INEC Announces Results From 9 Local Governments

Updated: The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced governorship election results in nine out of 18 local government areas of Edo State.

Returning Officers from the local governments took turns to announce the results.

The ruling All progressive Party has so far won in five local governments while the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won in four local government areas.

The announcement was, however, trailed by protests over allegations of change of results by the electoral commission, which has led to barricade being formed by security officials.

In the announced results, the the APC won in Owan West, Egor, Igueben, Uhunwomnde and Oredo local government areas, while the PDP polled more votes in Esan West, Orhiomwon, Esan South-East and Esan North-East local government areas.

See the results so far announced below:

1. Owan West LGA  

APC: 12, 862

PDP: 10,132

Registered Voters: 54, 406

Accredited Voters: 24, 487

 

2.  Egor LGA  

APC: 26,177

PDP: 19,514

Registered Voters: 184,296

Accredited Voters: 49,802

 

3.  Esan North East LGA

APC: 9,130

PDP: 16,220

Registered Voters: 74,293

Accredited Voters: 27,121

 

4. Igueben LGA

APC: 7,802

PDP: 7,560

Registered Voters: 42,655

Accredited Voters: 16,482

 

5. Uhunmwonde

APC: 10, 911

PDP: 8,667

Registered Voters:

Accredited Voters : 21,927

6. Esan South East  LGA

APC: 9,554

PDP: 11, 466

Registered Voters: 66,698

Accredited Voters: 22,522

7. Oredo  LGA

APC: 37,612

PDP: 30,492

Registered Voters: 273,614

Accredited Voters: 74,076

 

8. Orhionmwon

APC: 15, 262

PDP: 16, 446

Registered Voters:102,921

Accredited Voters:34,270

 

9. Esan West LGA

APC: 13, 114

PDP: 16,311

Registered Voters:87,867

Accredited Voters:31,866

 

10. Ovia North East:

APC-17,561 

PDP-13,141..

REGD voter =123,391 ..

ACCRED=33,664

 

11. Owan East LGA

APC: 21, 233

PDP: 12, 889

Registered voters: 76,455

Accredited: 36, 271

 

12: Etsako Central LGA

APC: 10,373

PDP: 8,827

Registered Voters: 43,049

Accredited Voters: 20,145

 

13: Esan Central

APC: 9,781

PDP: 10,180

Registered Voters: 50,603

Accredited Voters: 21,400

#EdoDecides: Obaseki, Oyegun, Other Cast Their Votes (Photos)

The Edo state gubernatorial election is going smoothly as both the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP candidate Pastor Eze- Iyamu and the All Progressives Congress, APC gubernatorial candidate Godwin Obaseki have both cast their vote.

The National Chairman of the APC, John Oyegun also cast his vote earlier in the day.

We would bring you results of the polls as they begin to emerge.

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Security Advice Leaves Edo Elections In Doubt

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chair Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu yesterday convened a stakeholders’ meeting in Benin, the Edo State capital, after receiving the security advice that Saturday’s governorship election should be shifted.
Leaders of political parties, civil society and traditional rulers attended the meeting, which sparked a huge debate and suspense.
Yakubu told the impromptu gathering that the call for postponement had nothing to with the preparation for the election. He said INEC was ready for a successful poll.
He is to meet with security agencies for more details about the threat and how it could affect the election.
A decision will be taken today on whether the election will go on or not, Yakubu said, adding that the independence of INEC is guaranteed.
Before the meeting with stakeholders in Benin, party agents were already stationed at the CBN office to escort and monitor the transportation of sensitive materials but they were recalled.
Prof. Yakubu said: “INEC is fully prepared and mobilised for the election. The preparation started six months ago. We have mobilized, we have recruited, we have trained and we have deployed personnel. After today’s meeting, the news broke about security threat. We agreed to take delivery of the sensitive materials from the CBN to our office for further distribution to the local governments. We have fully implemented all activities in preparation for the election.
“If we proceed, it means getting the sensitive materials from the CBN and once the materials leave the CBN, we consider them exposed. We have the result sheets and ballot papers customised local government by local government. It took time for the materials to be delivered. Shall we proceed or leave matters as they are until further clarification with security agencies?
“The independence of INEC will be protected. This is the only body empowered to set a date for election. INEC will do all to protect Nigeria’s democracy. We need to consult with those that gave the advice. They are not in Benin. INEC will take a decision as soon as possible.”
A statement by Yakubu’s spokesman Rotimi Oyekanmi said: “We have just met again with the stakeholders where various pieces of advice were given by them.
“INEC then decided that it would be necessary for it to consult with both the DSS and the police that issued a statement earlier today (yesterday), to find out what informed their decision to issue that statement.
“Thereafter, INEC will take a decision that will be communicated to all Nigerians. However, the commission wishes to assure all Nigerians that its independence will not be compromised.”
The likelihood of a shift set the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on a collision course.
Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole said his party is “over prepared” for the election.
The APC candidate is Godwin Obaseki.
He appealed to INEC not to postpone the “final burial of the PDP for too long”.
He added: “The APC is ready for the election this Saturday and that was why we held our mega rally on Tuesday and after that rally our people across the state became more committed, more dogged and ready for the election.
“I am already preparing to go to my village to also mobilise my people as other party leaders are doing, that is to let you know that we are not relaxing despite the fact that we know the PDP is already dead and our people are just getting ready for the burial.
“However, security issues are security issues and as regards elections they are very critical. If on their own they are calling on INEC for postponement, I am sure they must have their reasons because they are experts in it. If you recall, we raised the alarm that the PDP had planned to import thugs from neighbouring states to help them unleash mayhem on our people because they are not prepared for the election.
“They have not been campaigning because they have no message, rather, they imported thugs into the state but I wish the election will go on so that security agents will pick them up and expose them. So, if security agents are raising this same alarm, I will not be surprised. I am aware some of my colleagues in the Southsouth threatened that they will deal with me in Edo because I went against former President Jonathan.
“But I laughed because I am serving the living God and I am glad they brought a fake pastor as their candidate and we will flush them all out. So these threats have been there but my appeal is that if INEC is shifting the election, it should not be too far because we are eager to bury the PDP.
“I am making this passionate appeal so that we can get this over. I am ready, my people are ready. Whatever is the decision, we shall abide by it because I also know that security issues are serious matters.”
A statement by PDP candidate Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s campaign organisation accused the APC of stage managing the shift because it is afraid of defeat.
According to Ize-Iyamu, he had a comfortable lead over the APC from a state-wide survey his team claimed to have conducted.
The statement said the survey, ”supervised by Dr. Ubani Azuka and released on Tuesday by the organisation, shows that the lead, which Obaseki had enjoyed in the Edo North—compared to the last survey, had hugely declined.
“The report said the survey, which targeted 23,000 respondents and cut across the three senatorial districts, was carried out between August 1 and September 2, 2016.
“The latest report by the organisation, which targeted likely voters by telephone and online survey in the three senatorial districts: Edo South, Edo Central and Edo North, showed Ize-Iyamu to have the support of 75 per cent of the electorate in Edo South; 77 per cent in Edo Central, and 47 per cent in Edo North versus 25 per cent, 22 per cent and 53 per cent of the respondents, who said they supported Obaseki.
“The survey said that many of the respondents based their decision on the neglect of their communities, unfulfilled promises by the government, huge corruption within the state government, high cost of living, bad roads and abandoned projects in their areas.”
Edo PDP also condemned the planned postponement as “ a despicable connivance” with the security agencies.
A statement by Publicity Secretary Chris Nehikhare, said:
“Edo PDP has condemned in very strong terms and brings to the attention of the general public, especially the good people of Edo State, a grand plan by APC to rig Edo elections through despicable connivance with security agencies whose questionable security report INEC has acted upon to postpone the elections.
“The security agencies in their report were talking about planned attacks on densely populated areas during the Sallah celebrations on September 12 &13 ;whereas Edo election is onSeptember 10.
“What APC and its leaders do not realise is that the liberation movement is beyond Ize-Iyamu and the PDP; it is a statewide consciousness; it is a defining idea and movement whose time has come, as the future is now.”

PDP Chairman In Edo Defects To APC Ahead Of Elections

Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in ward 11, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo state, Chief Sunday Edehor, has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Chief Edehor said he led his supporters to the APC because he does not want to be stoned by his people for showing ingratitude owing to what the people of the area have benefited from the APC led government.

Edehor said he has been in the PDP since 1998 but recently observed he and his supporters have been deceiving themselves by remaining in the party.

“The truth is that I found out that some of us have been deceiving ourselves in PDP for a long time. This is the first time Etsako man will be governor in the person of Adams Oshiomhole and now the same APC is giving us Deputy governor so how do you expect us to remain in PDP.

“We have been managing over the years abusing Oshiomhole despite the fact that he is our son but we are in PDP, but it has come to a stage when we decided to think about what is good for our people. PDP since 1999 never gave Edo North governorship not to think of giving it to Etsako. One leader is always moving it to wherever he feels while our people suffer here.

“Just take a drive around Etsako area you, you will see the roads, schools Oshiomhole has built for us, so don’t you think our people will stone some of us if we continue to remain in PDP? I don’t want to risk my life because they will say I am an enemy of progress.

“So I will be a mad man to remain in PDP. And let me tell you, there is no more PDP in the entire three Local Governments in Etsako. It will not make sense to remain at all, because both the people and God will even punish us so that is why we decided to leave for APC. It makes more sense for us to join APC so that the developmental projects Oshiomhole that has started in Etsako land will continue.

“People are supposed to play politics for good life, development and not selfish interest. I will be considered a selfish man if I remain in PDP. Today in Etsako, I am proud that we have seen development and I want that development to continue when Shuaibu becomes Deputy Governor” he stated.

APC To Win Edo Governorship Elections – Oyegun

The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has said that the party cannot afford to lose the Edo gubernatorial election holding on September 10.

Odigie-Oyegun made the statement in Abuja on Tuesday after presenting the certificate of return to Mr. Godwin Obaseki, the party’s flag-bearer in the poll.
Odigie-Oyegun said “there is nothing to capture in Edo, we are just going to go ahead and win.

“We cannot afford to lose Edo State, that thought must never arise because it is significant…it is no longer local politics. “By God’s grace we will win the election,” he said.

Commending the Gov. Aminu Masari-led election committee, Obaseki said: “the team was truly professional.”

The chairman pledged to unite the party, saying ”of the 11 opponents at the primary, only one has not agreed to work with us.’’

Speaking to newsmen afterwards, Obaseki cleared the ‎air over the ongoing rumour about controversies surrounding his proposed deputy, Hon. Philip Shuaibu. There are reports that since Gov. ‎Adams Oshiomhole is from Edo North, Obaseki from Edo South, his deputy should be from Edo Central but Shuiabu, the proposed deputy, is also from Edo North.

“We had far-reaching consultations with party members, had meetings with the leadership of the party and looked at his credentials before we arrived at this decision. Nobody is going to be marginalised over this issue.”

On whether he views the opposition as a threat in the upcoming election, Obaseki, who heads Oshiomhole’s economic team, said: ”we don’t believe we have opposition in Edo State.

“We beat ‎them in every election as opposition in Edo. They don’t have much to campaign on, we contested against them in the past and we won so they don’t stand a chance.”
Obaseki also debunked the story that the incumbent administration had run the Edo economy and civil service aground.

“They are used to running fiction and lies, for them to insinuate that about the civil service I think is fraudulent. Even if we forgive them for the money they stole‎ we will never forget what they did to our bureaucracy. Building Edo back is our priority.

“In 10 years they barely recruited, they removed top civil servants while the junior ones had nobody to learn from and ‎did not employ. We have built back moral, paid pension ‎to those they retired without paying and so on. Once we finish, Edo will be the model city we dreamed of.”