Edo election: Tinubu speaks on alleged reaction to Obaseki’s victory over Ize-Iyamu

Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Monday distanced himself from reactions attributed to him on the just concluded governorship election in Edo State.

A statement attributed to Tinubu had surfaced on social media regarding the just concluded election.

The statement quoted the former Lagos State governor as saying APC’s defeat was an indication that members of the party are not gods.

He was, however, quoted as saying the extent the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, went in ensuring their victory was an indication that APC was closed to being gods.

However, Tinubu dismissed the statement, stressing that such was not from him.

Tinubu’s spokesman Tunde Rahman confirmed this in a press release.

Rahman, who described the statement as fake, said the APC National Leader would make an extended statement at the right time.

According to Rahman: “Please disregard any post to the effect that His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has spoken on the Edo elections. The said statement is a fake one. It’s the antics of social media merchants of fake and unsubstantiated statements.

It did not come from Asiwaju. Those who know Asiwaju would recall that it’s not in his character to rush to issue statements. At the appropriate time, His Excellency Asiwaju will speak on the Edo election. Thank you

Sacked as APC chairman, ‘dethroned’ in Edo — what next for Oshiomhole?

Sacked as APC chairman, ‘dethroned’ in Edo — what next for Oshiomhole?

In just three months, the political career of Adams Oshiomhole has suffered a huge setback. Some political experts believe his career might have been reduced to rubble by no other person than the former Edo state governor himself.

Not so long after the court of appeal affirmed his sack as the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), he has been dislodged in Edo where he governed from 2008 to 2016.

The tussle with Godwin Obaseki whom he helped into power is one of his greatest undoing as he has not just lost political relevance in his stronghold but suffered a heavy blow. After he fell out with Obaseki, the APC executive committee in his ward in Etsako west local government suspended him. The APC chairmen in the 18 local government areas of the state also passed a vote of no confidence on him, accusing him of working against the party interest.

Although Oshiomhole appeared to have dismissed the suspension as a child’s play, it would later cost him his position as the national chairman of the party as a high court in Abuja suspended him on that basis.

Danlami Senchi, a judge, had ruled in March that it was wrong of the APC to have kept Oshiomhole as chairman after he was suspended by his state chapter of the party. The final attempt to get him back into the party’s hierarchy failed in June after the appellate court ruled there was no justifiable basis for an appeal against the court ruling suspending him.

In the heat of the crisis, the national working committee of the APC was dissolved and his loyalists lost control of the party.

While it appeared as if Obaseki was losing grounds ahead of the governorship election, considering how popular the APC had been in the state, Oshiomhole relocated to Benin where he became the face of the APC governorship campaign, with Osagie Ize-Iyamu as a spectator in his own game.

His authority as a two-term governor and a former national chairman was not in doubt.  Some people had, in fact, likened him to the “almighty” Bola Tinubu who has remained powerful in Lagos despite leaving office as governor in 2007.

To all the ears that cared to listen, Oshiomhole boasted of how the APC will defeat Obaseki in the election and even apologised for “selling him ” to Edo people as the best fit for governor in 2016.

But Obaseki who wanted to beat the master in his own game appealed to the people as the “Edo No be Lagos” mantra resonated among the electorate.

In the closing days of his campaign, Obaseki boasted to his supporters in Oredo local government which eventually gave him 43,498 votes, the highest in the election, that having dealt with Oshiomhole at the national level of APC, the next target was to bury him politically.

“This election is a contest with Oshiomhole. We have dealt with him at the national level, we will bury him politically in this election,” he had said.

Well, the elections are now over and it has become clear that the voters trounced godfatherism. So, what’s next for Oshiomhole? Reconcile with Obaseki to regain relevance in the state’s political stage, like the average Nigerian politician, or return to the labour union as the comrade he used to be?

APC rejects results of Edo election, alleges foul play

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state has rejected the results of the September 19 governorship election, alleging foul play.

In a report by Channels TV, the party called on members to stay calm while APC leaders study the result and decide the next move.

John Mayaki, the chairman of the APC media campaign council who disclosed this a statement issued on Sunday, September 20, citied strong-arm tactics.

Mayaki shortly after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Obaseki winner of the poll said many of the party members were arrested, adding that the figures were fabricated.

Edo election: APC rejects results, alleges foul play
APC rejects results of Saturday’s governorship election.

The APC media campaign council chairman further alleged that the governorship election results were tampered with in order to add to the numbers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Mayaki said leaders of the party were studying the result and would announce as soon as possible their decision and next course of action.

He said: “Areas where we won, they cancelled them. They decreased the votes in areas we had an advantage. They rejected our results and jerked up theirs.”

After collating and sorting of the election results, the electoral umpire declared that Obaseki won 13 local governments out of the 18 local government areas of the state.

The election was keenly contested between the candidate of the APC and Obaseki.

Obaseki polled a total number of 307,955 to defeat his main challenger, Ize-Iyamu who scored 223,619. Governor Obaseki was returned elected after polling the highest number of votes in the election.

In a related development, the governorship candidate of the APC, Ize-Iyamu has released a statement following his defeat at the just-concluded Edo governorship election.

Ize-Iyamu lost to the incumbent governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Godwin Obaseki.

n his official reaction after INEC’s declaration, Ize-Iyamu thanked and appreciated his supporters for their support and determination during the election just as he claimed that they “had to endure many evils including being prevented from voting”.

The APC governorship candidate said he is currently studying the results of the election and will soon announce his next move.