Nigeria former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Tom Ikimi, has rejected the result of the Edo State governorship election, claiming the result was altered in favour of the All Progressives Congress.
The Peoples Democratic Party chief, who comes from Igueben local government area in Edo Central senatorial District of the state, insisted the APC didn’t merit victory in the poll.
Godwin Obaseki, APC’s candidate defeated the candidate of the PDP, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, by 319,483 to 253,173 votes.
Ikimi, in an interview with our correspondent on Thursday, said the election did not represent the wish of the people.
“All I can say is that I dispute the election utterly. I take the view expressed by our candidate that the outcome of the election as declared by INEC is totally at variance with what happened on the ground.
“So we dispute it completely and we will get redress through constitutional means.” He said
Asked if he was shocked at the conduct of the election, Ikimi added, “I’m not entirely shocked at the process of the election.
“But I take the view that INEC and all those that were responsible for the conduct of the election will abide by the attitude that is being overtly expressed by President Muhammad Buhari that they should not interfere in the electoral processes.
“The president is one person who has passed through this process in the past. And he knows all right that everyone ought to have a free and fair election. That is why we feel this shouldn’t have been like that.
“Like I said before I abide by the position that my party has taken on the election. it is at variance with the anti-corruption stance of the federal government.”