The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State has described as untrue the statement credited to the state governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, that about 140,000 votes belonging to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its presidential candidate, Gen Muhhamadu Buhari (rtd), were voided during the March 28 2015.
The party also took a swipe at Governor Oshiomhole for the unilateral suspension of the chairman of Owan West Local Government Area, Hon Godwin Aigbodion, without any recourse to the state House of Assembly, pointing out that the action reaffirmed PDP’s position that Governor Oshiomhole is a dictator, who lacks democratic credentials.
The party advised Governor Oshiomhole to stop looking for excuses for what was described as a resounding victory of the PDP during the March 28 election and prepare for another round of defeat in the hands of the PDP during the governorship election in 2016.
Edo State chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, who stated this in a press statement made available to journalists in Benin, said contrary to the claims of the governor, 97,414 out of about 150,000 cancelled votes in Edo State was in respect of the cancelled votes in Orhiomwon Local Government Area where no vote was recorded.
He said, “When did Governor Oshiomhole become a Returning Officer in INEC that he now apportions electoral figures? We had expected him to have learnt some lessons in the resounding victory of the PDP but we have again seen that the governor has not desisted from his old ways of playing on the intelligence of Edo people.
“We symphatise with him for his inability to accept defeat. We also understand his dilemma as he had boasted that he was in charge of Edo politics. We know how difficult it is for him to explain to his party and the president-elect that he could not deliver Edo State. He is now looking for excuses to make up for his defeat at the polls.
“We cannot play God by predicting who will get the votes of the disenfranchised Orhiomwon voters but we have little doubt that the PDP would have swept the polls if the forces of darkness had not prevailed on INEC to cancel the election going, by what we recorded in other local government in the Edo South senatorial zone.
“After winning five out of the nine House of Representatives seats and two out of the three Senate positions in Edo State, we are glad to declare that come the governorship election next year, Edo people will have the final opportunity to put this sad chapter of the APC’s misadventure behind them.”


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