The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the just concluded September 19 governorship election in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has said he will continue to pursue pre-election cases against the winner and incumbent governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, rather than go to the tribunal to seek redress.
The eligibility of Obaseki to contest the election is currently being challenged by Ize-Iyamu. Ize-Iyamu noted that the outcome of the pending case would affect the election’s results.
This was contained in a statement he signed and made available to journalists in Benin on Monday. The APC candidate Ize-Iyamu noted that the steps were lawful and integral parts of the electoral process in any democracy, which everyone must respect.
He added, “The outcome of these pending cases has direct effect on the election. Consequently, we have decided to continue with our pre-election cases in full exercise of our legal rights, just as our opponents have considered it their prerogative to also continue with their pre-election cases against us.”
Ize-Iyamu pointed out that contrary to reports, the election was neither free nor fair.
He said, “There were several episodes of violence, voter intimidation and falsification of results.”
“There were unlawful cancellations of results particularly from Urhonigbe South and North in Orhiomwon, while results were falsified from many polling units in Ofunama in Ovia South-West, and in parts of Ovia North-East, Owan West, Oredo, Egor, Ikpoba-Okha, Esan North-East, Esan West, Esan South-East, and Uhunmwode Local Government Areas,” he said.