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EDO POLLS: Resentment, Possible Litigation Trails Obaseki’s Victory

Three weeks after the All Progressive Congress won a slim victory at the Edo State gubernatorial polls, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party appears unconvinced about the results and is preparing for litigation at the tribunals. ISESELE EZEKIEL reports on the wave of resentment and bad blood that have trailed the elections.

There are growing tension and palpable fear in Edo State over a possible breakdown of law and order as protests continue to trail the emergence of Godwin Obaseki of All Progressives Congress as Governor elect in the gubernatorial elections conducted on September 28.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Obaseki winner of the governorship poll after he won 319,483 votes which represent 51 per cent votes cast while Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the Peoples Democratic
Party scored 253,173 votes INEC had on Thursday issued a Certificate of Return to the governor-elect and tasked him on fulfilling his campaign promises to the people.
Meanwhile, at least eight governorship candidates of the political parties that participated in the gubernatorial election have called for the cancellation of the results, which they said were completely at variance with what their agents and observers obtained across the polling units in the state.
The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party is currently at daggers drawn with Governor Adams Oshiomhole over battle to reclaim what they termed their “stolen mandate” at the court.
But the governor, who appeared undisturbed by the decision of the opposition party to challenged the election outcome, said his party, All Progressives Congress (APC) cannot wait to meet the PDP in the court.
As the claims and counter claims over alleged manipulation of election figures by INEC in favour of the APC candidate continue to take center stage, a pressure group, under the auspices of Edo Youth Coalition prevailed on the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Pastor Ize -Iyamu Osagie to concede defeat in the interest of the state.

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