The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Edo State has dared the defeated candidate of the Alll Progressives Congress, APC in the recent governorship election in the state, Osagie Ize-Iyamu to proceed with the pre-election cases against the governor in court, declaring that the party, the governor, and Edo people are waiting for him.
Reacting on Monday to Ize-Iyamu’s statement to that effect, the PDP boasted that “he should know that he cannot retrieve what he lost at the polls at the court”. A statement by the state publicity secretary of the PDP, Chris Osa Nehikhare berated the APC candidate for reason given for pursuing the two pre-election cases it had instituted against the governor and his deputy, Philip Shaibu.
Nehikhare said “While we hold that Ize-Iyamu has the right to approach the courts for whatever reason, it is trite for him to allude to the cases the PDP filed against him as the reason for his actions. This attempt to justify a legal action against the PDP and Governor Obaseki is disingenuous and destined to fail”.
According to him, “It is not for the benevolence of the butcher that we have meat on the table, it is for his own selfish interest!”.
Part of the statement read: “We read a press statement credited to the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, where he declared that he will not contest his defeat at the election petition tribunal but continue the cases he instituted against the PDP and Governor Godwin Obaseki.
“As they say, hope is the currency of politicians. We are aware that the only currency left to share within the APC and EPM is the currency of hope. The futile pre-election matter is to act as oxygen for the few remaining Edo people still in APC/EPM bondage. They are to be fed hope as a strategy so that the shackles fitted to their ankles and wrists can be maintained.
“The defeated APC candidate stated that the election, which has been adjudged as one of the best in the history of the country, was characterized by violence, manipulation, disenfranchisement amongst others, but will not challenge it. We reject and condemn his jaundiced position on the election and wish to advice him to show respect to the wishes of Edo people. He should respect their views and decisions as Edo have been very kind to him!
“The reality is that Edo has been reset and all hands are needed to sustain the gains of the last four years and move the state to greater heights”.