During a solidarity rally by the Edo Youths Coalition, the members of the group challenged the candidate of the Peoples’ Democractic Party Osagie Ize-Iyamu to embrace the spirit of sportmanship and to emulate the ex-president, Goodluck Jonathan.
In the just concluded election, the APC candidate Godwin Obaseki polled a total of 319, 483 votes to defeat the PDP candidate Osagie Ize-Iyamu who polled a total of 253,173 votes. The outcome of the said election was not welcomed, and supporters of PDP took to the roads and INEC offices to show their disapproval of the stated result.
But it appears that the Edo Youths are moving for peace, by making a solidarity call to the people of Edo state and the PDP candidate to accept the result of the election as the Will of God for the state. The group are of the view that the election was free, fair, credible and acceptable. The inscriptions on their placards read thus: ‘God has upheld the will of the people.’ etc.
The secretary-general of the group, Mr. Toju Igbene passed a vote of confidence on INEC and security agencies for their dedication to their duty during and after the election.
The governor elect was urged by the group leader of the Edo Youths to carry out his duties without fear or favour and ensure that he fulfills his promises to Edo people.
On the other hand, the Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomhole has said that he is less bothered if the People’s Democratic Party go to the tribunal to challenge the results of the just concluded elections. He said that the All Progressives Congress will lead evidence to show how PDP even benefited from an electoral fraud during the last Wednesday’s governorship election. He said. ‘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.’
Governor Oshiomhole stated that APC would go ahead to prove that the PDP governorship candidate was not even worth 50,000 votes. He expressed satisfaction with the performance of the APC in the September 28 election and stated that the victory of the party signalled the final political ‘funeral’ of the godfathers in the PDP.
Meanwhile, the governor elect, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has promised that his government will not be leaving any sect behind and unattended to.
He expressed his gratitude to the National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs who paid him a courtesy visit to congratulate him, as well as advice him to be resolute and accessible to the citizens of the state.