Edo governorship: Idahosa rejects APC primary election, says results fictitious

Dennis Idahosa

Dennis Idahosa

By Jethro Ibileke

An aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just concluded primary election, Dennis Idahosa, has rejected the result declared by the party’s electoral committee.

Idahosa came second with 6,541 votes behind the winner, Senator Monday Okpebholo who scored 12,433 votes.

He, however, rejected the result, describing it as fictitious.

Recall that primary election which was first conducted on 17 February, but produced three different winners, had to be canceled and rescheduled for Thursday, 22 February after an uproar and condemnation.

Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State who was chairman of the first election committee, had announced that  Idahosa won with 40,453 votes, and Monday Okpebholo first runner up with 100 votes.

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Okpebholo at a parallel election, was also pronounced winner with over 12,000 votes, just as another aspirant Anamero Dekeri, was also pronounced winner of the same election.

But following the outcome of the rescheduled election, which saw Idahosa coming distance second, the House of Representatives member rejected the result declared by the Governor of Cross River, Bassey Otu who was chairman of the election.

Idahosa’s rejection statement reads in part:

“The declaration of fictitious primary election results by the Sen. Bassey Otu’s Committee represents the highest level of rape on democracy ever witnessed in Edo State.

“Events in the last few days may have been very disappointing and demoralizing to lots of people as your votes seemed not to have counted going by the process and declaration of fictitious primary election results of what happened on the field on the 22nd re-run elections in the 192 wards of the State.

“Let me assure you all, our teaming supporters that, I shall explore all the party internal mechanisms to resolve the issues, and seeks justice and where that doesn’t work, I shall communicate with you all on our next line of action.”

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