Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State and the Deputy Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, National Campaign Council for Edo poll, has claimed that the entire Edo State gubernatorial exercise was marred by irregularities from officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Uzodinma berated the electoral Commission and accused some INEC officials of sabotaging the nation’s electoral system making it difficult for APC votes to count.
Uzodinma commended the Governorship Candidate of the APC in Edo, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, for his resilience and doggedness.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Sunday, declared Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, winner of Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State.
INEC’s Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh declared Obaseki winner of the election after polling a total of 307,955 votes to humble his closest challenger, Ize-Iyamu of the APC, who polled a total of 223,619 votes
But, the Governor in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Oguwike Nwachuku on Monday, further described the conduct of INEC officials in the Edo Governorship Election as ‘shameful’.
The Governor, therefore, urged APC faithful and party supporters to remain calm and law-abiding, saying that what happened in Edo State is sabotage to Nigeria’s hard-worn Democracy.
Meanwhile, Uzodinma, has reacted to a report that he rejected the outcome of the election.
A statement on social media claimed that the Imo State governor rejected the election because it was marred by irregularities and vowed that the APC would get victory at the court.
But in a statement by his chief press secretary, Oguwike Nwachuku on Monday, Uzodinma denied issuing any statement, where he rejected the Saturday election in Edo.
The governor equally refuted the claim by the report that he spent N3 billion or $5 million of Imo state money in Edo.
Nwachuku said the report was “obviously a fake name”, adding that it was manufactured by one Stan Walden Newyork.
The statement read: “There is a fake report trending on the social media which claims that Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State has rejected the recently announced Edo State governorship election result…
“No doubt, the authors of the fake reports are obviously the same characters we have always known who have been signing off press releases using the name and Office of the Chief Press Secretary/ Media Adviser to give their criminal, selfish and foolish intent some measure of credibility.
“The recent Edo State governorship election, like many others in the past involving Distinguished Senator Uzodinma, has provided them with yet another opportunity to feed the public with lies, lies and more lies, a vocation that seems to be their only known source of livelihood.
“In their desperation to discredit Governor Uzodinma on the outcome of the Edo governorship poll, they have cast innuendos; insinuating that he has rejected the outcome of the governorship election and that he had accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of being compromised, and that the All Progressive Congress (APC) will get judgment from the tribunal.
“Their insinuation also includes that the governor said that the entire process was marred by irregularities from INEC officials who, they claimed, sabotaged the system.
“Obviously relying on the position of Governor Uzodinma as the APC Deputy Chairman for the Edo Governorship Campaign Council, the criminal-minded writers of the irritating fake news did not stop at that. They had insinuated that the governor described the entire exercise as shameful”, he said.
Obaseki defeated Ize-Iyamu for the second time on Sunday, having also defeated him four years ago to emerge as the Edo State governor.
In the result of the Saturday election announced on Sunday by the INEC, Obaseki polled a total vote of 307,955 to defeat Ize-Iyamu, who got 223,619 votes.
In 2016, Obaseki, now in Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), contested under the platform of the APC to defeat Ize-Iyamu, who was the PDP candidate then.