By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—CHAIRMAN of Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, has said that Nigerians would be surprised at the level of complicity and involvement of officials of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in the just concluded governorship election in the state in their determination to subvert the will of the people.
On the recent clamp down on the judiciary, he said that since the nation was governed by law, due process ought to have been followed if there was any reason to arrest any judge.
He described as “crude,” the method used by the security agencies in arresting the judges, over alleged corrupt practices.
Orbih, who fielded questions from journalists in Benin, yesterday, said that the world would be disappointed at the intrigues the commission used to steal the peoples mandate to the PDP and its governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize- Iyamu.
Expressing the party’s optimism of getting justice at the tribunal and reclaiming the mandate given to it by Edo people, Orbih disclosed that the party had already engaged some of the best legal brains to represent it, adding that the alleged manipulation of results of the election by INEC, the state government and security agencies would be exposed to the world.
He said: “We, and indeed Nigerians, know that the governorship election was won by the PDP. We have evidence to back this. We are not just laying claims that we won the election. PDP did not lose the election. It will be appropriate to say that INEC allocated votes to All Progressives Congress, APC and declared them winner of the election.
“We have already stated our position even before they declared the results. We rejected the drama that played out at the INEC headquarters in Edo and stated clearly quite early that the outcome of that exercise was not acceptable to our party and Edo people.”