Edo State Election Was Transparent – PDP Group
A political pressure group within the Edo state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), known as The Restoration Group on Monday, September 3 described the just concluded governorship election in Edo as credible, free and fair.
The group also called for the resignation of the entire executive members of the PDP in Edo state led by Chief Dan Orbih, saying the party was not prepared for the just concluded Edo election.
According to Leadership, Mr Uyi Igbinigie the leader of the group who is also the leader of the PDP in Oredo local government area while speaking to journalists in Benin, said that contrary to the position of the party leadership that the election was rigged by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), that “the election was one of the best conducted so far by INEC and it was free, fair and credible.
He also said: “The problem was that before the election because of the financial recklessness of the PDP during the last general election, PDP already had a bad name in Edo.
“And to add to the injury, the Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who was the PDP candidate was among those who collected N700million for the presidential election. “And his visit to EFCC on the matter left sore pain in campaigns.
The other reason was the attitude of the state Exco led by Chief Orbih. “Rather than speaking on what PDP will do during the campaigns, Orbih was busy raining abuses on Oshiomhole who is an outgoing governor and Godwin Obaseki.
Meanwhile Obaseki was quietly telling Edo people what he will do for them. “So we should not waste our money going to tribunal, we believe that PDP needs to sit down and re-strategize but that will be after the entire state Exco must have resigned for peace to reign in Edo PDP.”
The group also called on the national leadership of the party to set up a caretaker committee that will oversee the affairs of the party before the next congress is conducted, and that “the party should prosecute all those who collected money for the Edo election and pocketed it”.
Meanwhile, other supporters of the PDP governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize- Iyamu, took to the streets on Monday, October 3, in protest of the election result.
The protesters called for the cancellation of the results announced by INEC which declared the APC governorship candidate, Obaseki, winner of the election.