EDO ELECTION: Declare me winner, Ize-Iyamu tells tribunal

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic (PDP) in the September 28 governorship election in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, yesterday, filed an objection at the election petitions tribunal, sitting in Benin. Iyamu is challenging the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, Mr Godwin Obaseki. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on September 29, declared Obaseki winner after scoring 319,483 votes. Ize-Iyamu came second with 253,173 votes. Speaking shortly after filing his petition, Ize-Iyamu said that he asked the court to declare him rightful winner of the election. “We just filed our petition and, I think, in the next few days, you will begin to get briefs about the issues at stake,” he said. “We are asking the court to declare us as the rightful winner of the election.” He said that the INEC erred in declaring Obaseki the governor-elect. He said his litigation was meant to ensure that votes allocated to the parties by the INEC after the election did not stand. He said: “The overwhelming opinion was that we must not allow this injustice to stand. Democracy will not thrive if we allow people just to allocate votes and commit all kinds of impunity and say because results have been announced, we should just let it go.” Earlier, the state chairman of the PDP, Dan Orbih, said that the petition was filed within the period specified by the Electoral Act 2010 a




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