APC will expose PDP in court, says Oshiomhole

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The Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has
said that the All Progressives Congress will lead
evidence at the election petitions tribunal to show
how the Peoples Democratic Party allegedly
benefited from an electoral fraud during last
Wednesday’s governorship poll conducted in the
state.

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Oshiomhole noted that, contrary to claims by the
PDP that its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu,
was allegedly denied victory in the election, he
(Ize-Iyamu) “is not worth 50,000 votes”.
The governor spoke while addressing some APC
youths during a road show held from Five Junction
to Dawson Road, shortly after a visit to the crown
prince of Benin Kingdom, His Royal Highness
Eheneden Erediauwa.

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The state chapter of the PDP had on Monday
vowed to challenge the outcome of the poll at the
election petitions tribunal.
But Oshiomhole said, “We encourage our
opponents to go to court. We will be able to lead
evidence to show how much they profited from
electoral fraud because the Ize-Iyamu that I know
is not worth 50,000 votes.
“So, it is like an armed robber rushing to a police
station with bullet wounds and claiming that he
has been shot, whereas he is the one who opened
fire on very innocent people. We will expose them
where it matters in our courtrooms.”
While expressing satisfaction with the performance
of the APC in the September 28 election, he stated
that the victory of the party signalled the final
political “funeral” of the godfathers in the PDP.
The governor, whose tenure will end on November
12, noted that he would want to be remembered
not only for the development of infrastructure but
also for liberalising the political space, so that the
youths could take charge of their destiny.
Oshiomhole said, “My message to them is,
whether it is Igbinedion, (Tony) Anenih or (Tom)
Ikimi, it is not me.
“It is God who knows their sin against our people
that decided to recall their political lives. He has
only used us to cement it and to celebrate their
political funeral.”
Meanwhile, Obaseki has promised to run an all-
inclusive government.
Obaseki spoke when he received the state chapter
of the National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs
on Wednesday in Benin City, the state capital.
He explained that he was mindful of the different
tribes and religions in the state and would ensure
that all of them had a sense of belonging during
his administration.
The governor-elect said, “I want to assure you that
the type of administration that I want to run in Edo
State is one that will be all-inclusive, so that
people will feel that they are part of the state,
irrespective of religion and tribe, because we are
one Edo State and there is strength in our unity.
“I want to thank you and assure you that I will be
there for you.”
Obaseki also commended the Islamic council for
their support before and during the election.
He added, “I am overwhelmed for several reasons
because you are the first set of people who have
come to congratulate me.
“For me, it is significant because you men of God
prayed for me and today, there is something to
celebrate.”
Earlier, the state Chairman of the council, Alhaji
Yusuf Bako, urged the governor-elect to be
resolute in achieving his objectives and to be
accessible to the citizens of the state.
Bako, who was accompanied by a leader of the
Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in
Nigeria, Alhaja Aminatu Moti, said, “We are glad
that you are a peaceful man and we Muslims are
also peaceful. Be resolute. Be dogged and
accessible, and the sky will be your limit.”

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