The ruling People’s Democratic Party(PDP) has demanded immediate release of results of re-run elections held in Esan North East Local Government in Edo State, noting that the results were declared credible, free and fair by appropriate government agencies.
Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh who made the demand while at a press conference on the local government elections held in Edo State said Action Congress of Nigeria(ACN) pose real
threat to Nigeria’s democracy. Metuh said elections were concluded adding that presiding officers declared results in their wards and declared PDP councillors duly elected.
“After two days the governor ordered the EDSIEC chairman to announce the cancellation of the elections. A new date of Wednesday, April 24 was fixed. On the new date, a peaceful election was held under the direct supervision of the State Commissioner of Police and the Director of SSS, the PDP candidates again won overwhelmingly and results duly declared by presiding officers in the wards. However, the Returning Officer under the directive of Governor Oshiomhole absconded and refused to officially declare the results.
“The people waited for two nights but the officer was nowhere to be found. Shamelessly, EDSIEC annulled the elections again and fixed a new date. The charade and mockery on democracy in Edo state have clearly shown Nigerians what to expect from the ACN which is championing the merger in the yet to be registered and largely inoperable All Progressive Congress (APC) if for any reason they get into power at the federal level or in any state.
“A terror state where a governor brazenly attacks his people is a clear example of what to expect from ACN and APC if they are given any opportunity”, he said.
Metuh called on all Nigerians to observe, witness and comment on what he described as yet again dangerous and undemocratic tyranny of the ACN.
“The threat to democracy is real. We expect all civil societies, social critics, elders of this nation and other lovers of democracy to join in this just fight against the wicked acts of the ACN on the innocent people of Edo state. We as a party cannot witness the enthronement of free and fair federal elections by President Goodluck Jonathan only to become victims in elections in states controlled by the opposition. We will not accept this”, he said.