Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Zakawawu Garuba, said yesterday he was not in Akoko-Edo during the last election re-run for the State House of Assembly in Akoko Edo constituency, contrary to Governor Adams Oshiomholeâ€™s claim.
In a release issued by Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Mr. Sam Dada Ayokhai, the Speaker said he was in his private residence in Auchi throughout duration of the election.
According to him, he along with other Muslim faithful in Auchi kingdom, commenced the Ramadan fasting same day the election re-run was held, and monitored the election progress through phone.
He expressed shock that the governor who, like himself was in Benin but later moved to Iyamho, his village, not far off from each other and was, therefore, aware of his presence in Auchi, still allowed over-zealous government officials who survive on peddling falsehood to misinform him about what actually took place.
Garuba said he was in total agreement with the position of his party which described the re-run election as a charade, due to the obvious anomalies and violence that prevented voters from exercising their voting rights.
He accused Action Congress (AC) of spearheading the mayhem and described its victory as pyrrhic, even as he stressed that the result was unacceptable and inimical to the nationâ€™s democracy.
Governor Oshiomole had claimed in his press statement that the speaker was among those allegedly prevented from carting away election materials by vigilant policemen at Igarra, Akoko – Edo.
According to the speaker, the state governor and the AC are playing to the gallery and are desperate to find scapegoats to cover their nefarious electoral fraud which will eventually come to light by the time the police complete its investigations and reveal the true identities of those caught with arms and ballot boxes on the election day.
He particularly insisted that the statement credited to the governor was a big embarrassment to his person, and vowed to be in league with other PDP leaders in the state to ensure that legitimate means were used to reverse the injustice meted out to the party by AC without recourse to violence or foul means.
Th speaker appealed to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) not to be deceived by Edo State governmentâ€™s antics, but ensure that investigation on the 26 armed thugs arrested during the assembly re-run was carried out and those found culpable charged to court to serve as deterrence to others.