By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State yesterday accepted the result of weekendâ€™s Etsako Central House of Assembly re-run election, describing it as â€œone event in the long term project of wresting power from Action Congress-led government in the state.â€
Vanguard gathered that the former Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih, was shocked at the result of the election after he ensured victory for the party.
It was learnt that he was still reviewing the situation and would soon summon the leadership of the party in the state to know what went wrong.
The party reacted officially to the election which the AC candidate, Mr Johnson Oghuma, won after defeating the PDP candidate, Chris Umogbai.
Though the party in a statement signed by state Chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, accepted the result, it, however, alleged widespread electoral malpractices, claiming that the state governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, intimidated the electorates and influenced the election in favour of the AC candidate.
According to the PDP’s statement, â€œEdo State chapter of the PDP has accepted the results in the just concluded Etsako Central House of Assembly re-run election in spite of the widespread electoral malpractices which were perpetrated by Governor Adams Oshiomhole, his battalion of thugs and litany of Edo State government officials as they paraded the polling centers, intimidating and inducing the electorates influenced votes for the AC.
â€œThe party is of the opinion that the election has come and gone and we must move forward and save the state and our party faithful the agony of an acrimonious reaction to the brutish manner with which Oshiomhole breached established electoral protocol and intimidated our communities in Etsako Central during the election.â€
The party commended members for their unalloyed support and unwavering loyalty and urged them to remain steadfast, saying it was poised on wresting power from AC in the next general elections.