The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the September 19 Edo governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has decided not to file petition challenging the outcome of the election at the tribunal.
The APC candidate said he would continue to pursue two ongoing pre-election cases against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and it candidate, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, challenging his eligibility to contest the election.
He added that his decision to continue with the cases followed the decision of the PDP and its flagbearer to continue to pursue several pre-election suits in various courts against himself and APC.
Ize-Iyamu in a statement issued Monday said even though the governorship election in the state was characterised by malpractices, he decided not to challenge the outcome because of the pronouncement by the leadership of the party and highly placed individuals endorsing the election.
Ize-Iyamu stressed that contrary to orchestrated media reports, the election was neither free nor fair.
He added that there were several episodes of violence, voter intimidation and falsification of results.
Ize-Iyamu said in particular, there were unlawful cancellations of results particularly from Urhonigbe South and North in Orhiomwon, while results were falsified from many polling units in Ofunama in Ovia South West, and in parts of Ovia North East, Owan West, Oredo, Egor, Ikpoba-Okha, Esan North East, Esan West, Esan South East, and Uhunmwode Local Government Areas.
He stated: “These malpractices could easily form the basis to challenge the election results. We have however decided not to commence an election petition. This is to avoid further tension in the state. We are also mindful that the leadership of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and many well-placed individuals have made pronouncements endorsing the process, which we have chosen to respect”