– The PDP candidate at the recently-concluded Edo state election has said that he will not take laws into his hands after losing to the APC
– He pleaded with followers not to take laws into their hands and allow God fight for them
– Pastor Ize-Iyamu says he knows every antic employed by the APC to rig the election
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the recently concluded Edo state election has opened up after his loss.
Ize-Iyamu who spoke with Vanguard after his defeat by Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has now said he is committing his counterparts into the hands of God.
While thanking the people of the state for pouring out en masse to vote their choice candidate, the clergyman stated that the result of the election has brought gloom and sadness to the people of the state, but that he would not want any one to take laws into their hands.
There was violence in the state after the announcement of the result by INEC. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi
“For me, I am filled with gratitude that God did not allow any life to be lost. That is even more important than who wins the election.
“Secondly, I am also happy with the massive turnout which was unprecedented in the election history of our state although the result announced tried to give the impression that the turnout was poor.
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“While in previous elections, those who have won scored over 400 thousand votes, in this particular one, the winner scored around 318 thousand. But that in itself exposes the fraud in the election as announced by INEC.
“We know that we won that election but we leave that to the tribunal, we leave that to God, we leave that to the people of Edo state.
“I do not want anybody, please, to take laws into their hands. We have a lot of options but certainly, violence is not one of them We have the option of going to the tribunal, we have the option of calling a world press conference, to expose all that took place, which was the allocation of votes pre-arranged to ensure that PDP lost the election.
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“And of course, we also have the option of committing the matter to God who is the final inhabiter for matters like this.
“So, please no matter how you feel, on no conditions must you take the laws into your hands. We don’t want destruction of properties, we do not want physical assault. Let us conduct ourselves in an orderly manner.
“God has told me that delay is not denial. If God says Pastor Ize-Iyamu will become governor, no amount of rigging, even by federal government agencies can stop it.
“So, let us keep hopes alive,” he said in the video.
Meanwhile, the PDP has attacked President Muhammadu Buhari for being partial in his reaction after the results of the Edo election were announced.
The opposition party claimed that President Buhari’s actions were divisive, partisan and unfair for someone in his position as the country’s number one citizen.
Premium Times quotes a statement by the party signed by its spokesperson, Dayo Adeyeye on Friday, September 30 as saying that it is saddened to see that Buhari congratulated winner of the election Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress (APC) when he refused to accord the same recognition to other victorious PDP members.
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