The All Progressives Congress (APC) has rejected the Edo State Governorship poll results after the incumbent Governor of the state, Godwin Obaseki was re-elected for a second term in office.
According to the official result, Mr Obaseki polled 307,955 votes to defeat his closet rival, Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC, who scored 223,619 votes.
John Mayaki, the chairman of the APC Media Campaign Council, in a statement revealed that the party was going to accep the results and he alleged that there was foul play due to “strong-arm tactics”.
He stated in a press briefing as follows,
“On this note, we hereby reject the outcome of the election, and urge our members to stay calm. We thank them for their support. We’ll be announcing our decision and course of action shortly.
“Obaseki shouted that he was being rigged out and blamed INEC at the initial stage, but that was to divert attention from the evil going on in the field.
“The Party also notes the arbitrary arrest of our local party members, who could have resisted the outrage, while Mr Obaseki was busy diverting attention with false alarm.
“There were obvious illicit tampering with results, to shore up PDP numbers and mark down that of our party. Areas where we won, they cancelled them. They decreased the votes in areas we had advantage; they rejected our results and jerked up theirs.
“The ‘strong arm’ tactics, as seen in the election, cannot slide. Our people were arbitrarily arrested, while many of the figures were fabricated.”
He urged party members to remain calm while the result is studied to decide on the next line of action.