Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has denied reports that he called the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, to accept the result of Wednesday governorship election in Edo State.
It would be recalled that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Godwin Obaseki, as the winner of the election, amidst protest by the PDP, Young Democratic Party, YDM and KOWA party, who all called for the outright cancellation of the election.
Governor Fayose made the denial in a statement issued by his Special Assistant of Public Communication and new Media, Lere Olayinka on Friday.
The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to a statement being circulated on Social Media that Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose called the Edo State PDP governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and told him to accept the election results and congratulate Mr Godwin Obaseki, the APC candidate that INEC declared winner of the Edo State governorship election.
“This is obviously a ploy by the APC to secure credibility for the party’s disputed victory in the election, using Governor Fayose’s name.
“One wonders why the APC elements need to lie, using Governor Fayose’s name if they are indeed sure that they won the election.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Governor Fayose is in agreement with the position of the PDP (both at Edo State level and national level) on the election.
“He will support the PDP in Edo State and its candidate if there is enough grounds to challenge the election result at the Election Petitions Tribunal”, the statement said.
By Timothy Enietan-Matthews
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