Categories: Politics

APC Alleges Skewed Election, To Decide On Next Step

A file photo of APC flags.


The All Progressives Party (APC) in Edo State has alleged foul play in the September 19 governorship election, calling on party members to stay calm while party leaders study the result and decide what is next.

Chairman of the APC Media Campaign Council, Mr John Mayaki, said the party rejected the result, citing alleged strong-arm tactics.

“Our people were arbitrarily arrested, many of the figures were fabricated,” a statement issued on Sunday, shortly after the Independent National Electoral Commission declared Obaseki winner of the keenly contested poll.

The party further alleged illicit tampering with results, to shore up numbers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and mark down APC’s.

“Areas where we won, they cancelled them.  They decreased the votes in areas we had an advantage,” the party further claimed. “They rejected our results and jerked up theirs.”

Stressing further, Mayaki claimed there was the arbitrary arrest of local party members who could have resisted the outrage, while Governor Obaseki was busy diverting attention with a false alarm.

“Obaseki shouted that he was being rigged out and blamed INEC at the initial stage but that was to divert attention from the evil going on in the field,” he said.

While calling on party members to stay calm, Mayaki said the APC leaders were studying the result and would announce their decision and course of action as soon as possible.

Obaseki polled 307,955 votes to defeat his closest rival APC’s Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who garnered 223,619 to win a second term as governor of Edo State.

INEC Returning Officer for the poll, Professor Akpofure Rem-Rukeh, declared the governor as the winner on Sunday at the office of the electoral umpire in Benin City, which doubled as the final collation centre.

Ignatius Igwe

Disqus Comments Loading...

Recent Posts

  • Local

Osinbajo Becomes Granddad As Daughter Damilola Welcomes Baby

  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is now a grandfather after his daughter, Oluwadamilola, welcomed a baby boy with his husband…

7 mins ago
  • Local

Nigerian Army Colonel Killed By Boko Haram In Borno

  Colonel D.C Bako of the Nigerian Army has been killed in a Boko Haram ambush. The news of Colonel…

27 mins ago
  • Edo 2020
  • Headlines

Edo State Governorship Election: APC Congratulates Obaseki On His Re-Election

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has congratulated Governor Godwin Obaseki on his re-election as the governor of Edo State.

52 mins ago
  • Sports

Martinez’s Penalty Heroics Sees Aston Villa Begin League On Winning Note

  Aston Villa kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 1-0 victory over 10-man Sheffield United on Monday as…

56 mins ago
  • Sports

Premier League Side Arsenal Sign Iceland’s Runarsson

  Arsenal signed Iceland goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson from Dijon on Monday to act as back-up for first-choice Bernd Leno.…

1 hour ago
  • Politics

UN At 75: Buhari Says World Body Has Stayed True To Its Aspirations

  President Muhammadu Buhari Monday hailed the United Nations for remaining true to the aspirations of its founders, saying the…

2 hours ago