The All Progressives Party (APC) in Edo State has rejected the outcome of the Saturday 19, 20020 governorship election, stating that there was foul play. It however called on party faithful to stay calm while party leaders studied the result and decide the next line of action.
In a press release which the party said was its preliminary reaction, the Chairman of the APC Media Campaign Council, John Mayaki, cited alleged strong arm tactics. He said “Our people were arbitrarily arrested; many of the figures were fabricated”. The APC further alleged illicit tampering with results to shore up PDP numbers and mark down APC’s.
“Areas where we won, they cancelled them. They decreased the votes in areas we had advantage. They rejected our results and jerked up theirs,” Mayaki asserted.
According to him, there was also arbitrary arrest of local party members who could have resisted the outrage, while the governor 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.
Thanking the party members for their support, the APC spokesman said party leaders were studying the result and would announce their decision and course of action as soon as possible.