Candidate of the APC in last month’s gubernatorial election in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu says he may still challenge Governor Godwin Obaseki’s victory in the election.
He stated this in an Independence message on Thursday, blaming the PDP for not withdrawing the various cases it instituted in the pre-election period.
Ize-Iyamu revealed that while many persons have been reaching out to him to let “bygones be bygones”, he could still head to court.
“At this juncture, therefore, I must rejoice with our people, the entire Edo people. I must congratulate them for our unity. I must toast them for our oneness, even if we all differ by political affiliations. Finally, I must thank them for their maturity and peaceful disposition, as we all went to the polls on September 19.
“We have all played our parts as lawful citizens and unrepentant democrats. Even as we speak, our people should know that PDP and their agents and privies have instituted 13 law suits against my running mate and I. None of them have they discontinued after the election. So, if the PDP don’t pass up their rights under the law, why should we, in APC, do so?” he queried.
He added, “We are busy collating our facts. Only after, can we speak and speak authoritatively, in the best tradition of rule of law, fairness to all and due process. We will brief you all in good time and that time is near”.
According to him, “In the course of our methodical approach, not a few deem to have preempted our course of action; and pleaded that we do not proceed to the courts to challenge the election results. While that cannot be dismissed as an entirely bad plea, what I can say is that whatever action we subsequently take would be rooted in due process and the rule of law. We will exercise every right available to us under the law, given the electoral facts at our disposal.”