PDP is crying wolf, says Obende
Few days after the Edo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate, Mr. Osagie Ize-Iyamu, submitted their petitions at the election tribunal, urging it to declare him winner of the September 28 governorship election, the Chairman, Media and Publicity Committee of the National Campaign Organisation of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Domingo Obende, yesterday called on the party to stop criticising the election, saying it was free and fair.
Speaking with journalists in Benin City, Obende described the exercise as very peaceful and devoid of violence and wondered why the opposition would complain, instead of joining hands with the governor-elect, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, to move the state forward.
Obende, who was reacting to the allegation that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agents connived with the APC to rig the election, said: “The people used their thumbs to send PDP packing and we are burying them completely forever in Edo.
“I saw Ize-Iyamu on television and he was talking about inducing voters. I don’t know what kind of inducement he was talking about, but we know they brought serious financial inducement to the system.
“We knew what happened during the presidential election last year, how they
were sharing money in the streets. How then do you now say a leopard would change its skin? It is not possible.
“It is the practice of the PDP to share money, to induce people with money, because they believe that governance can only be gotten by money.
“For us, we believe in the powers of the voters and that is why we worked for the people, because when the people vote you in, you are answerable to them. But when you pay to be voted in, then the people will have no moral justification to ask you questions in the face of failure.
“I do not think we have failed Edo people and the four-year mandate we have just gotten now, by the special grace of God, we are still not going to fail Edo people,” he stated.
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