The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state has rejected the results of the September 19 governorship election, alleging foul play.
In a report by Channels TV, the party called on members to stay calm while APC leaders study the result and decide the next move.
John Mayaki, the chairman of the APC media campaign council who disclosed this a statement issued on Sunday, September 20, citied strong-arm tactics.
Mayaki shortly after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Obaseki winner of the poll said many of the party members were arrested, adding that the figures were fabricated.
The APC media campaign council chairman further alleged that the governorship election results were tampered with in order to add to the numbers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Mayaki said leaders of the party were studying the result and would announce as soon as possible their decision and next course of action.
He said: “Areas where we won, they cancelled them. They decreased the votes in areas we had an advantage. They rejected our results and jerked up theirs.”
After collating and sorting of the election results, the electoral umpire declared that Obaseki won 13 local governments out of the 18 local government areas of the state.
The election was keenly contested between the candidate of the APC and Obaseki.
Obaseki polled a total number of 307,955 to defeat his main challenger, Ize-Iyamu who scored 223,619. Governor Obaseki was returned elected after polling the highest number of votes in the election.
In a related development, the governorship candidate of the APC, Ize-Iyamu has released a statement following his defeat at the just-concluded Edo governorship election.
Ize-Iyamu lost to the incumbent governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Godwin Obaseki.
n his official reaction after INEC’s declaration, Ize-Iyamu thanked and appreciated his supporters for their support and determination during the election just as he claimed that they “had to endure many evils including being prevented from voting”.
The APC governorship candidate said he is currently studying the results of the election and will soon announce his next move.