By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”THE Coalition of Registered Political Parties (CRPP) and All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in Edo State have disagreed over the result of the stateâ€™s House of Assembly re-run election in Akoko Edo constituency 1.
While the CRPP described the election as a charade and called for its cancellation, the ANPP described the election as the freest ever witnessed in the state and commended the state governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, for conducting a free and fair election.
Meanwhile, the Niger Delta Youth Assembly, one of the observers for the election, released its preliminary report of the election yesterday, and commended the Nigeria Police and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for conducting what it described as a peaceful election.
In a statement signed by the CRPP chairman in the state, Dr Samson Isibor, the coalition alleged that â€œfrom our assessment, thugs and government officials intimidated voters in the area and many people were deprived of voting due to the sporadic shooting by armed thugs.
â€œWhat happened in Akoko Edo was not an election but a show of power which is unacceptable to us as body because we want true democracy that will be devoid of rigging and intimidation of votersâ€.
But the ANPP statement signed by its state leader, Comrade Godwin Erhahon, hailed the result of the election which gave victory to the AC candidate, Mr Kadiri Adjoto, saying the result of the election showed that â€œ the Comrade governor has conquered the notorious terrorists and oppressors in Edo politics.
â€œ We advise the national leader of the PDP, Chief Tony Anenih, to accept the fall of his party in Akoko Edo as a manifestation of the fade away of his power and the myth surrounding him as Mr fix it.â€