The All Progressives Party (APC) in Edo State has rejected results of the Saturday governorship election results.
The party, urged members to stay calm and thanked them for their support, but, alleged foul play while party leaders study the result and decide what is next.
In the election, Prof. Agofure Rukeh of Federal University of Petroleum Technology, Efurun, returned the incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki re-elected after he polled 307,955 votes
Rukeh said, Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defeated his closest challenger and Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC Pastor Osagie-Ize Iyamu who polled 223,619 votes.
However, In a terse statement by the Chairman of the APC Media Campaign Council, Mr. John Mayaki, the party, also cited alleged strong arm tactics.
Mayaki said: “Our people were arbitrarily arrested, many of the figures were fabricated”.
The party further alleged illicit tampering with results, “to shore up PDP numbers and mark down APC”.
“Areas where we won, they cancelled them. They decreased the votes in areas we had advantage. They rejected our results and jerked up theirs.”
Continuing, the party claimed there was arbitrary arrest of local party members, “who could have resisted the outrage, while Governor Godwin Obaseki was busy diverting attention with false alarm.
“Obaseki shouted that he was being rigged out and blamed INEC at the initial stage but that was to divert attention from the evil going on in the field”, the statement said.