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Edo guber election results fictitious – Idahosa

…Files petition, to challenge process in Court

 

Honourable Dennis Idahosa, one of the aspirants in the recently concluded All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election in Edo state, has described the result of the election as being fictitious.

 

Speaking with journalists at the party national secretariat on Saturday, Idahosa who came second in the primary conducted by Cross Rivers State Governor, Bassey Out, said he has filed a petition before the APC Appeal Panel and would challenge the outcome of the process that produced Senator Monday Okpebholo in Court.

Recall, Senator Monday Okpebholo was declared the winner of the election by the Cross River State Governor, Senator Bassey Otu, who was the Chairman of Edo APC’s fresh poll.

He made the declaration after collating the results from the 18 local government areas’ returning officers that conducted the poll in the 192 wards of the state.

Okpebholo polled 12,433 votes to defeat Idahosa, a representative of Ovia constituency in the House of Representatives, who scored 6,541 votes.

The former Chairman of the Electoral Committee of the primary, Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, had announced Idahosa as the winner, while returning officer, Stanley Ugboaja declared Monday Okpebholo as winner.

Also, Ojo Babatunde, who claimed to be representing the returning officers in all the local government declared Anamero Dekeri as the winner of the election.

This led to the National Working Committee of the party ordering a fresh election on Thursday.

In a post on his official Facebook page, Idahosa expressed appreciation to his supporters for maintaining peace in the face of provocation.

He said, “My dear esteemed supporters and party faithful, let me first of all appreciate all party faithful across Edo State for your massive and unwavering support towards my governorship ambition of becoming our party’s flag bearer in the 2024 Edo governorship election.

“I will never take this show of love and confidence for granted going forward.

“The declaration of fictitious primary election results by the Sen. Bassey Otu’s Committee represents the highest level of rape on democracy ever witnessed in Edo State.

“Events in the last few days may have been very disappointing and demoralising to lots of people as your votes seemed not to have counted going by the process and declaration of fictitious primary election results of what happened on the field on the 22nd of February re-run elections in the 192 wards of the state.

“Let me assure you all, our teaming supporters that, I shall explore all the party internal mechanisms to resolve the issues, and seeks justice and where that doesn’t work, I shall communicate with you all on our next line of action.

“Please continue to maintain peace in the face provocation,” he added.

 

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