PDP Rejects Outcome of Edo Polls, Accuses INEC of Releasing Fake Results

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has rejected the results announced by

the Independent National Eclectoral Commission, INEC, at the just

concluded Edo State Governorship election, describing it as fake and not a

reflection of results announced at various Units and Wards in the state.

The party in a statement accused outgoing Governor Adams Oshiomhole of

using state apparatus to collude with INEC and Security agencies to rig

the election in favor of the All Progressive Congress, APC.

The PDP in Edo State, after carefully reviewing the events of yesterday

September 28th, 2016, totally rejects the purported outcome of the voting

exercise and the results announced by INEC.
Firstly, we are in total amazement at the details of the results released

by INEC because all of them are fake and not the figures announced at

various units and as collated at various wards across the state. The fake

results announced by INEC are entirely a fabrication which do not reflect

the true picture of what transpired during the election. However, we are

not totally surprised because long before now, we had anticipated this and

had also warned INEC, security agencies and alerted Edo people at various

press conferences and statements, on this situation.

Secondly, based on the results emanating from across the state, PDP won

the election fair and square, and with a very comfortable margin. So it is

with disgust that we have been receiving fake results which were never

recorded in either the units or the ward
collation centers.
Our rejection of the results released by INEC so far is based on, but not

limited to, the following
1. We know that a fair turnout of voters was recorded statewide because

the weather was very clement and voters were enthusiastic. However,

unknown to unsuspecting Edo electorate, INEC had long provided the serial

numbers of all result sheets to Adams Oshiomole and his APC government, to

print fresh result sheets. This is not a mere allegation. From the benefit

of hindsight, the 18day period of postponement of the election was to

provide enough time for the Governor and his government to print these

result sheets and perfect the writing of fake results at the units and at

all levels of collation. This scenario is further buttressed by the fact

that on Monday September 26th, 2016, when election materials arrived from

the CBN at INEC state office for inspection, agents of the political

parties including the APC and PDP were given pre-typed copies of the

serial numbers of all result sheets and the ballot papers. This was a

clear security breach and an infringement on the credibility of the

process, as these are sensitive materials, which should not have been

sighted even by INEC officers.
2. Everything that has transpired had been carefully designed by the Adams

Oshiomole led Edo State government and their cohorts in INEC. They

perfected a scheme to void thousands of ballot papers, to enable them

perpetrate their devices. It is widely recorded that over 88% of the

voided ballots were PDP votes.
3. Postings of Commissioners of Police and and removal of officers from

their units, even during the voting exercise, was a clear plot to

destabilize the security apparatus in various LGAs and Senatorial

districts. The same goes for the DSS personnel across

the state.
4. Choice of collation from places they chose as well as the choice of the

state returning officer, in the person of a close friend and associate of

former Governors Fayemi and Niyi Adebayo of Ekiti State, who are top APC

chieftains. They also prevented our agents in many cases from entering

collation centers.
5. There are numerous accounts and records of Police harassment all over

the state, designed to strike fear in the hearts of PDP members, using men

of the CIB (Criminal Investigation Department), SARS, MOPOL 60 Command,

DSS and other security agencies. Of particular concern is the atrocious

gangsterism demonstrated in Etsako West, the home of the incumbent APC

Governor and the deputy governor nominee, where many of our members and

agents were assaulted, almost mortally, and some still being detained as

we speak. Those still detained include Michael Etu, Gabriel Etu and

Mohammed Sani. Also, a Honda Accord vehicle, with registration number FST

868 BC, belonging to one of our stalwarts was destroyed, and is still

lying at the voting center. There is also the widely reported and recorded

case of collation center disruption in Oredo local government, by the

notorious Osakpamwan Eriyo, who invaded the venue and released shots in

the air, chasing away supporters and people, before making away with the

results. This happened in the full glare of the Police, DSS, INEC and

other security personnel. Interestingly, neither INEC nor the Police

showed any concern or any resistance, even as we speak.

6. It is on record that the level of open financial inducements was

unprecedented and indigent voters were being offered between N2,000 and

N5,000 to cast their votes, and also forced to display their ballot

prints. Numerous videos were posted on social media showing APC members

handing out monies to voters, in the full glare of INEC and security

7. Deliberate connivance with INEC staff to steal materials and results in

various wards. We particularly take note of materials stolen at Ologbo,

Ikpoba Okha, Nikorogha, Ovia South West, Urhonigbe in Orhionmwon, Udaba in

Etsako Central, Opoji in Esan Central
and many others.
To put it mildly, Edo 2016 has turned out to be a travesty of our

democracy, and it is calamitous that in spite of all the atrocities

committed by APC, nothing happened to thugs like Osakpamwan Eriyo who went

to George Idah Primary school in Oredo Local government area, to snatch

results in the full glare of the Police, SSS and INEC officials. Shooting,

chasing and scaring away voters, and even international observers, is

nothing short of a bastardisation of our hard earned democracy.

A few days ago, we mentioned in a press statement, that Adams Oshiomole

boasted openly, how he had prepared results already for the election,

which will be announced, and PDP can go to court. It has been executed

today, but the will of Edo people will never be subverted by Adams

Oshiomole and his cohorts. We will do everything within the law to claim

our mandate. In the words of Plato, the penalty we pay for refusing to

participate in politics, and to exercise our right, is that we end up

being governed and oppressed by evil men. This impunity must end in Edo

Chris Osa Nehikhare
Publicity Secretary
PDP Edo State
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