Early results from some wards in the Edo State governorship election which had not been authenticated by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the only body responsible for the announcement of results indicated that the two candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC and the Peoples Democratic Party, were running neck and neck in the poll.
The Edo State governorship election, was held on Wednesday, October, 28.
Though other political parties fielded their candidates for the election, the candidates of APC, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, and PDP, Osagie Ize-Iyamu were leading in the race comfortably. The two main parties however accused each other of planning to rig the poll.
APC scored 4,412 votes while PDP got 4,047 votes in Ward 7 in the Oredo Local Government Area of the state.
In Unit 18, PDP got 158 while the APC got 259. In Unit 19, APC scored 146 and PDP polled 85.
In Unit 20, the APC got 259 votes while the PDP polled 208 votes and in Unit 21, the APC scored 128 votes leaving the PDP with 98 votes.
In Oredo Ward 12, out of the accredited 4,399 voters, the PDP took the lead with 2,066, leaving the APC with 2,041.
In Oredo Ward 4, out of the total accredited voters of 4,911, the APC scored 3,058 while the PDP polled 1,541.
The national leadership of the PDP alleged on Wednesday night that the APC was planning to overturn its alleged victory in the Edo State governorship election.
The party said the results it received from its agents in the state indicated that it was leading the APC with a wide merging in the election.
Spokesperson for the party and member of its National Caretaker Committee, Mr. Dayo Adeyeye, stated this in a statement in Abuja.
But reacting to claims by the PDP, the APC said the opposition party was being mischievous “as usual”.
The APC National Vice-Chairman (South), Mr. Segun Oni, said, “The PDP is simply being mischievous.
“From the results I have seen from the field, from where we are monitoring the elections here in Abuja, the APC is in a comfortable lead.
“Out of a hundred, the PDP has not won five, even in units they claim to have won. We are investigating because the number of voters exceeds the number of registered voters per unit.”
Also, the state Chairman of the APC, Anselm Ojezua, dismissed the allegation, describing it as mischievous, since only INEC had the constitutional power to determine the winner of the election.
Ojezua said, “The fact that they are actually making those claims already tells me that there is mischief in the air because it is traditional that even when you know what the situation is, you have to wait for INEC to announce the results.
“If you see the fantastic results that are being posted from certain locations, you know that they could not have been credible. Therefore, I think that what they are doing is just to create more confusion.”
He, however, expressed concern on the announcement of results from the Ovia North-East Local Government Area on the Internet.
Ojezua added, “We are concerned about the figure being circulated on the Internet about the Ovia North-East. Certainly, we are collating the results and we will officially respond.’’
Earlier, the candidate of PDP, Izy-Iyamu, alleged that the Governors of Lagos and Kaduna States, Ambode and Nasir El-Rufai were in Edo State and wonder why they should be in the state during the election, but the spokesperson of the two governors confirmed that non of them were near the state during the election.
Collation of Results is expected to commence on Thursday according to the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Edo State, Mr. Sam Olusegun.