EDO State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said next week’s State Assembly election in the state will be won by the party as it won in all 17 local government council areas of the state last weekend.
State party chairman, Chief Dan Orbih while addressing newsmen in Benin City said, “What is happening in Abuja has nothing to do with us in Edo State; it has not taken away our victory in the state because the APC has suffered a humiliating defeat from the PDP.
“We will not relent in winning next week House of Assembly election in Edo state, it will be operation totality. The election is not about the PDP in the state; it is about oppressive and multiple taxation, it is about teachers and civil servants who have been brutally oppressed by the state government and it is about judicial staff workers.”
According to Orbih, “We are determining to win the House of Assembly seats in the state because we are proud of what we are witnessing in the state. We have been able to re-invent and established the PDP in the state and appeal to the electorate to vote once again for candidates of the party in the election.”
Meanwhile, the party has said that it would contest the outcome of last week National Assembly elections in Akoko-Edo, Owan –East and Etsako-West local governments in the law courts, alleging that elections in the areas were fraught with irregularities and electoral malpractices.
Orbih, specifically alleged that, in Akoko-Edo local government area, the candidate of one of the parties brought in over 4000 votes from his ward with his own hands to INEC collation centre in the area.
He said that this was unacceptable to the PDP as the said candidate was never an INEC staff.
He explained that the situation was not different in Owan-East and Etsako-West local government areas where electoral malpractices such as falsification of results, thumb printing, etc were the order of the day.
While congratulating PDP elected members in the National Assembly over their elections, he disclosed that his party won 15 of the 17 local governments declared in the presidential election, and appealed to Edo people to support them bring the dividends of democracy to the state from Abuja.
Among PDP elected National Assembly members present were Senator – elect, Engr. Clifford Ordia, Reps-elect, Omoregie Ogbeide – Ihama, Chief Joe Edionwele, Sergius Ogun, Ms Omosede Igbinedion and Ehiozuwa Agbonnayiman


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