As the results of the much awaited governorship election held on Wednesday in Edo State continue to trickle in from different local government areas and wards in the state, unofficial results collated show that Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken an early lead over his closest rival, Godwin Obaseki, of the All Peoples Congress (APC).
Unofficial results obtained in different parts of the state showed the APC candidate trailing his PDP counterpart in majority of the polling units in the state.
However, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is yet to officially release the result of the governorship election.
Meanwhile, the PDP in a statement by Prince Dayo Adeyeye, its national publicity secretary, has alleged plot by the APC to rig the outcome of the election overnight.
The party said “having received results from our agents at approximately 1,800 of the 2,627 polling units spread across the 192 wards in the 18 local government areas of Edo State, we can confirm that our party has attained a near unassailable lead in the Edo State gubernatorial election.
“The results so far confirm to us that our candidate has garnered approximately 55% of the total votes cast by voters. We have every reason to be confident that we will maintain this trend and coast home to victory.
“However, we are aware that members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by Governor Adams Oshiomole in collusion with officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) led by Mrs. Amina Zakari are relentless in their efforts to manipulate the results of this election. We are aware that Governor Oshiomole is currently moving from collation centre to collation centre with the objective of manipulating the results as much as possible.
“We will like to reiterate our earlier notes of warning. The Edo people, and our party, will resist any attempt to subvert the collective will of the people as expressed by their votes today.
“We urge our members and supporters in the state to continue keeping the faith by guarding their votes at the ward collation centres and local government collation centres. Eternal vigilance is the price we all have to pay for victory.”