African proverb said, if an eye alone sees a snake, it might be termed a very huge python, whereas it wasn’t, but if several eyes bear witness, there will be discernment between what was seen and the exaggeration, or maybe a lie.
Transport Minister and former Rivers State governor Rotimi Amaechi says the Edo election was a fulfillment of President Buhari’s plan to have a free and fair election in the country; but on the other hand, there are litany of reports that the election was marred by ballot box snatching and other election malpractices, and to learn that some votes were counted in the dark is something that should discomfort the average citizen about the credibility of the election.
Based on this premise a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Tom Ikimi, has had his say, he describes the emergence of Godwin Obaseki as the governor of Edo State fraudulent.
Ikimi said Obaseki’s election was against the choice of the people of Edo State.
APC’s Godwin Obaseki defeated the candidate of the PDP, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, by 319,483 to 253,173 votes.
The Peoples Democratic Party chief, who hails from Igueben Local Government Area in Edo Central Senatorial District of the state, insisted that the APC didn’t deserve victory in the poll.
Speaking with newsmen on Thursday, Ikimi said the election did not represent the wish of the people.
He said, “All I can say is that I dispute the election completely. I take the view expressed by our candidate that the outcome of the election as announced by INEC is completely at variance with what happened on the ground.
“So, we dispute it completely and we will seek redress through constitutional means.”
Asked if he was surprised at the conduct of the election, he said, “I’m not totally surprised at the process of the election.
“But I take the view that INEC and all those who were responsible for the conduct of the election will abide by the attitude that is being openly expressed by President Muhammad Buhari that they should not interfere in the electoral processes.
“The president is one person who has gone through this process in the past. And he knows very well that everyone should 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.”