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Benin Boils as PDP, Civil Society Protest ‘Stolen Mandate’


It what may eventually lead to blood bath, Benin residents have continued to occupy the streets in the state capital, in what they alleged as day light robbery of their votes, which they said they never gave to the All Progressives Congress’ candidate, Godwin Obaseki in the last governorship election in the state.
Most of them spporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate for the just concluded Edo election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and members of civil society groups, took to the streets on Monday calling for the cancellation of the results announced, declaring Obaseki, winner of the September 28 governorship election.
The protesters were said to have started their march from Ize-Iyamu Campaign office on Akpakpava Road and moved to several parts of the Benin metropolis such as First East Circular Road, Second East Circular Road, Dawson Road and New Benin before returning to the Ize-Iyamu Campaign office, where they gathered once again.
They carried placards with inscriptions such as “INEC is biased, not independent; Return our stolen mandate; Police conspiracy with INEC to rigged the election; Return our stolen mandate to Ize-Iyamu and sang songs.
Spokesman for the protesters, Rev Olu Martins, said it was historical and ironical that nine to 10 years ago, he was among the protesters, who occupied the streets of Benin to protest the injustice done Governor Adams Oshiomhole in the 2007 Edo State governorship election, adding that he was back in the streets this time around to protest an “electoral heist perpetrated by Oshiomhole.”
He said, “We will not stop until what rightfully belongs to the people is returned to them. The challenge is not what happened on Wednesday, September 28th. It is the process.

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