Edo APC, PDP exchange heated words over plot to rig election poll

Edo PDP candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki and the APC candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu
Emeh Joy

The All Progressive Congress Media Campaign Council for Edo Governorship Election has accused the Peoples Democratic Party of conspiring with a former senior INEC staff to have the September 19 election in the state rigged.

The allegation was made via a statement made by the Chairman of the Council, John Mayaki, on Monday. He had alleged that the former INEC staff is Governor Godwin Obaseki's first-cousin.

"As an upgrade to the server scam that failed the PDP in the 2019 General Election because it ignorantly went with the fraud without insight on the result collation process of INEC, the party of tax-collectors, having lost all hopes of winning the Edo election in a fair contest are concluding plans on another rigging strategy", Mayaki said.

PDP gave its response through the Public Secretary of the party, Chris Nehikhare who said, "Are governorship elections APC primaries where one man writes results? Is the Edo Government House now an INEC office?

"How on earth can a state government that has control over INEC, police, DSS, NSCDC or military influence election results? This is laughable, to say the least."

Nehikhare further said, "Indeed Edo people and Nigerians know the party is plotting to rig the election. They watched the video of Adams Oshiomhole talking about arresting some people.

"The PDP also raised an alarm over the redeployment of a compromised NSCDC commandant to Edo State for the purpose of the election. We shall continue to expose their evil plots as time goes on".

In another development, a group known as the Coalition of Christian Leaders prayed for the APC candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

The coalition which consists of pastors of Christian organisations across several denominations made its endorsement public in a communique signed by 14 eminent church leaders at a special session in Benin City.

The Christain Association of Nigeria in the state, on, the other hand, advised electorates to vote wisely.

The State Chairman of the Christian Association, Bishop Oriname Oyonnude Kure, urged Christians in the state to vote for integrity, prosperity and continuation of good works.

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