BY SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN—THE National leadership of Accord Party, AP, has described as illegal, the result allegedly announced by the leadership of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State, as the authentic result of the just concluded Esan North-East Local Government election, describing same as fake. It, therefore, threatened to drag the party to court.
The party, which participated in the election, accused the PDP of distorting the number of votes polled by its candidate during the election, regretting that ‘’ rather than misinform and deceive the public, the PDP should have conceded defeat or gone to court.”
In a communiqué after an emergency meeting of the party in Benin City, by the National Secretary of the AP, Dr. Samson Isibor, it frowned at what it described as the alleged use of Mobile Policemen from Lagos and Abuja to manipulate the election in favour of the PDP, and regretted that “even after their efforts to rig failed, the Chairman of the party in the state, Chief Orbih, went on to announce and publish fake results as if he was the Chairman of Edo State Independent National Electoral Commission, EDSIEC, that conducted the election.
“It is the duty of the electoral body (EDSIEC) to conduct the local government election, declare the results and announce winner. In the light of the foregoing, Accord Party has, therefore, resolved to take PDP, Edo State chapter, to court over the misleading and fake parallel results it purportedly declared.
“Accord Party frowns at some Abuja-based politicians loyal to the opposition party who converged on Uromi, the administrative local government headquarters of Esan North- East Local Government Area of Edo State, during the election with a barrage of armed policemen from Abuja and Lagos State, to intimidate defenceless voters at some poling units.
“These Abuja politicians were said to have also held hostage some presiding officers who were reportedly threatened to announce fake results in favour of the PDP candidate. The PDP should not cause tension in the state in order not to disrupt the democratic dividends we have been enjoying in Edo State. We advise them to go to court and contest the result of the election as we are contesting Orbih’s announcement of result as if he is now the EDSIEC Chairman.,” it stated.