Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State has alleged that Edo State governorship election was marred by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
According to the governor in a statement by his Chief of Press Secretary, Oguwike Nwachuku, the All Progressive Congress is already putting together pieces of evidence to proceed to the Election Petition Tribunal to challenge Governor Godwin Obaseki’s victory, with confidence that it will get justice.
Uzodinma accused the Nigerian electoral body of sabotaging the Saturday, September 19 polls, making it difficult for the All Progressive Congress votes to count for its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
He further described the conduct of exercise by INEC officials in Edo as ‘shameful’.
“The governor also thanked the governorship candidate of the APC in Edo, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, for his resilience and doggedness,” Nwachuku noted.
The statement added, “Governor Uzodimma urged all APC faithful and party-state supporters to remain calm and law-abiding, noting that what happened in Edo State was sabotage to our hard-worn democracy in Nigeria.”
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission on Sunday declared the incumbent governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, as the winner of the Edo 2020 governorship race.
Obaseki amassed 307,955 votes across 18 local government areas to defeat the candidate of the APC, Ize-Iyamu, who polled 223,619 votes, Bibian Anekwe News understands.