Edo Election: Wike Warns INEC Not To Declare Poll Inconclusive As Obaseki Maintains Lead
Wike has sounded a note of warning to INEC not to declare poll inconclusive as Obaseki leads Ize-Iyamu in the just concluded Edo state givernorship election.
The National Chairman of the Edo State Campaign Council of the Peoples Democratic Party and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has warned the Independent National Electoral Commission against declaring the governorship election inconclusive.
As the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Godwin Obaseki is leading his APC counterpart with about 80,000 votes,Wike has warned INEC to keep to its promise of a transparent process.
Wike, who noted that the collation of results was the most critical stage, urged security personnel to prevent breaches, adding that the people of the state should defend their votes up to the collation centres.
The PDP campaign council chairman gave this warning during an interview in the Edo 2020 Situation Room streamed on Governor Godwin Obaseki’s Youtube Channel.
Wike said, “We have results from about 2,000 polling units from the various wards and from the intelligence we have gathered, I do believe that INEC will keep to that promise of being transparent.
But we are getting a bit worried that INEC said they have 700 unit results which is not correct and that calls for concern. We don’t believe that INEC has only 700. It is more than 2,000 that we have.
“Again, as we speak, they ought to have moved to the ward collation centres before they move to the local government collation centres. But we cannot find the security personnel around the ward collation centres and that gives us concern.
“Why is it that the security personnel are not at the ward collation centres? So, I urge the Inspector-General of Police to move his men to the ward collation centres.
“They must not allow miscreants to disrupt the electoral process. I believe that the commission will continue with what they have done.
“Like we have said, we don’t want this election to be inconclusive. This is the critical stage where you may see disruptions and then it will be declared inconclusive. INEC should fulfil its promise that this election will be transparent. We don’t want to hear inconclusive.”
Currently,results from 14 local government areas announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission so far indicate that Obaseki polled a total of 254,169 while Ize-Iyamu had a total of 163,429 votes.