From Tony Osauzo, Benin
THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the just concluded Edo State gubernatorial election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has appealed to the people of the state who feel dissatisfied with the outcome of the election not to take laws into their hands or engage in violent demonstrations or destruction of public property.
Making the appeal in a television and radio broadcast, he reminded his supporters that many options are still left to seek redress, adding “we can go to the elections tribunal. We can call a World Press Conference to let the world know what transpired or we can leave everything to God.”
He added: “No matter how you feel, please conduct yourselves in civilised manners because the will of God must prevail. If God says I, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, will be governor, no amount of rigging can stop it. So, we must keep hope alive. Let us continue to hope and believe in our country,” he said.
The PDP governorship candidate stated that the result declared by INEC was nothing short of pre-arranged allocation of votes. “There is no doubt that the results declared by INEC gives all of us cause for concern. For example, the so-called winner of the elections was credited with less than 320, 000 votes while I who INEC claimed lost, was credited with less than 300, 000 votes. This is not true. The result exposes the fraud orchestrated by INEC. The incident was nothing short of pre-arranged allocation of votes. That is why despite the so-called victory, we are all witnesses to the gloom and sadness that has enveloped the state ever since.
“More than the results of the elections, I thank God that no life was lost before and during the elections, despite all plans by certain political parties. This was our prayer to God that no life should be lost in the course of the elections.
While appreciating his supporters for defying fears and threats to massively turn out and vote for him, Ize-Iyamu added: “I believe that democracy remains the best option for us as a people despite all its imperfections. I also believe that we must remain committed to getting it right as a people and a nation.”