The National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff, has condemned the decision of Edo PDP chairman, Dan Orbih, in rejecting the result of the conducted governorship election in the state by INEC.
Sheriff said he was not in support of Thursday’s rejection of the election result before it was announced on Wednesday. He said the rejection of the result ahead of its declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was preemptive.
It was gathered that PDP in Edo, at a news conference in Benin, announced its rejection of the result of the governorship poll before the final result was announced by INEC.
The Chairman of the party in the state, Dan Orbih, who addressed the media, said the outcome of the exercise had been pre-determined by the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC).
However, at the time of the news conference, collation of results of the election was ongoing at INEC secretariat in Benin.
Speaking on behalf of Mr. Sheriff, Deputy National Chairman of his faction of the party, Cairo Ojougboh said, “we will await the final announcement of the result, consult widely before making our decision public”.
He said the national leadership was concerned about issues arising from the election, and called for restraint from members and supporters.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Dayo Adeyeye, had in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday warned that the party would reject the result of the poll if the antics of APC continued.
He accused the Edo Government of sponsoring massive irregularities in the election.