- PDP has warned the INEC against manipulating results of the Edo election
- The governorship election was conducted in the state
- Governor Godwin Obaseki is taking the lead in the results released so far by the electoral umpire
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As Nigerians await the declaration of the winner of the Edo governorship election held on Saturday, September 19, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the former Senate president, Bukola Saraki, have warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against manipulation of the results.
Legit.g reports that the PDP accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of mounting pressure on the INEC to alter the results of the governorship election in various parts of the state.
The party's national spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement issued in thenight of Saturday, September 19, asked chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, not to “fall for this pressure in the interest of the unity and cohesion of our country.”
He said: “We have been informed that the INEC Chairman has come under intense pressure from the APC to allow the replacement of results declared in the riverine areas of Edo State in order to jerk up figures for the APC.
“The PDP has also observed that INEC’s virtual portal is increasingly becoming unstable. We also have information on ploys being undertaken to replace results in Fugar and other adjoining local governments, all in Edo North.
“We have the results as already declared in the various polling units and we urge INEC to confine itself to these results already declared by its officials at the polling units.
“We invite Nigerians to closely monitor results being declared on the INEC virtual portal to ensure the wishes of the people of Edo state are not altered overnight.”
In his remarks on the election, Saraki Bukola Saraki, ex-senate president, has asked voters in Edo state to protect their votes.
Commenting on the exercise, Saraki cautioned INEC and security officials against thwarting the process, asking them to place the country’s glory above the ego of any politician.
The candidate of PDP and incumbent governor of the state who is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC are the two major contenders for the number one seat in the state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Obaseki cruised to victory in his polling unit in the ongoing September 19 gubernatorial election.
It was reported that Obaseki voted during the poll exercise at Emokpae Model School, unit 19, ward 4 in Oredo local government area of Edo state alongside his wife Betsy Obaseki.
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