The Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole has said his party, the All Progressives Congress, was prepared to meet the opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, in court concrrning the governorship election held in the state on September 28.
The Governor said the APC is ready to show that the PDP and its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, were the actual election riggers, saying Ize-Iyamu could not have got more than fifty thousand votes.
This is as PDP under the Chairmanship of Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, Wednesday met with the party’s caucus of both the Senate and the House of Representatives, with a vow to drag thevAPC to court over the just concluded Edo election.
Addressing APC youths during a road show, from 5-Junction Area of the state capital to Dawson road, after a ‘Thank You’ visit to the Crown Prince of Benin Kingdom, His Royal Highness Eheneden Erediauwa, Edaiken N Uselu, Governor Oshiomhole said, “we are happy with the outcome of the election. We have gone to present the candidate to the Crown Prince, the Edaiken N’Uselu, and he (Obaseki) has been very well received.
“Thank you for coming out to celebrate. I am sure we encourage our opponents to go to court. We will be able to lead evidence to show how much they profited from electoral fraud because the Ize-Iyamu that I know is not worth fifty thousand votes.”
According to Oshiomhole, “So, it’s like an armed robber rushing to the Police Station with bullet wounds and claiming that he has been shot, whereas he is the one who opened fire on very innocent people. We will expose them where it matters in our courtrooms. Remain firm and resolute.
“For me, I am happy. The political funeral of the godfathers is final. There is nothing they can do to turn the will of God. So, this is our finest hour and I can’t wait to meet them in court.”
He said, “My message to them is, whether it’s Igbinedion, whether it’s Anenih, whether it’s Ikimi, it’s not me, it’s God who knows their sin against our people that decided to recall their political life. He has only used us to cement it and to celebrate their political funeral.”
The Governor added, “I want to be remembered not only for the road. We want to be remembered for liberalising the politics and getting rid of godfathers so that you the youths can take charge of your destiny. Thank you for being part of this struggle, and to God be the glory.”
Meanwhile, Makarfi led other members of his team to brief NASS caucus on the decisions taken so far to have lasting peace in the party, especially the move to put in place a twenty- four member team from both sides of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and that of Makarfi on Wednesday.
According to them, they were optimistic that the PDP would get the victory at the Tribunal against the same in just concluded governorship election in the state, just as they said that they have confidence in the judiciary.
The meeting was convened at the instance of the National Caretaker Committee briefed members of the National Assembly on the state of affairs of the Party since after the last National Convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State; especially on the ongoing reconciliation process.
Speaking to Journalists after the meeting, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye who noted that Edo issue was discussed during the meeting, said: “We discussed it. We know that we were we robbed in Edo State. We believe that we will have our day in court. And by the grace of God, we still have confidence in the judiciary. What happened in Edo State will not stand. ”
Speaking further on the meeting, Adeyeye said, “The members of the National Caretaker Committee led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi came in here today to brief our National Assembly Caucus. The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives is here, the DSP was also here. We had very good representation at this meeting.
“Basically, it was to brief them on new developments in the party, particularly relating to the peace efforts that we are making in the party. We have to put them into confidence in some of the actions we have taken lately. And ask for their own contribution because after all they are major critical stakeholders. They put us there, we need to consult with them, we need to brief them on developments from time to time.”