Protesters from Edo State yesterday stormed the Independent National Electoral Commission’s, INEC, office in Abuja in a peaceful protest, accusing INEC of complexity in the just concluded gubernatorial poll in the state.
The protesters, under the aegis of Coalition of Edo State Youth for Democracy, insisted that the result declared by the electoral umpire at the election was not the true reflection of the choice of the people of the state.
They were singing solidarity songs and carrying placards with various inscriptions such as; ‘Edo People reject INEC Result’, ‘INEC no-longer Independent’, ‘PDP won election in Edo State’, ‘We Reject Vote Declared by INEC’, etc.
However, they were blocked by fierce looking men of the Nigeria Police Force, who claimed that their request for a peaceful protest was not approved by the FCT Commissioner of Police.
Speaking at the rally, a member of the Nigeria Youth Parliament, representing Edo Central Senatorial District,
Hon. Prosper Iyere said; “We are here today to let fellow Nigerians know that democracy has been murdered, assassinated in Nigeria particularly the Edo State election.”
“The governor has orchestrated and tried to connive with INEC to rig the election without taking the people of Edo State into cognisance.”
“They have denied us our votes; election was completely rigged and we are not comfortable with it. We have of course held series of protests in Edo State, and again we felt we should come to the capital territory Abuja because of the same issue.”
“We are marching to INEC office to register our complaint and displeasure and we are going to give them the copy of the petition letter that they should ensure our mandate is restored back to Pastor Ize Iyamu of PDP that is why we are here,” he said.
“We have a lot of evidences, we have video in CD plate and upon completion we are going to present it to all media houses for them to be guided and see that the election in Edo State was rigged.”
Also speaking, the Edo State People Democratic Party, PDP, Youth Leader, Thaddus Irabor maintained that “democracy is threatened in Nigeria because people of Edo will not come out and vote again, they feel they have been cheated and their votes never counted.”

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