Ahead of the rescheduled governorship election in Edo state on Wednesday, September 28, the Senator representing Edo Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Clifford Ordia, has warned against rigging or manipulation of the polls by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The lawmaker, who spoke to journalists in Abuja yesterday, said his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was fully prepared to win the governorship election, adding that no amount of intimidation will distract the party faithful.
Ordia, who is the deputy chairman of the Senate Committee on Works, also said that the maladministration of APC-led government in the state in the last eight years has given Edo people no choice but to choose a more credible candidate of the opposition PDP, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
“In my Senatorial District, APC has no chance. We have put everything in place to checkmate plans by APC to rig. We will resist it. We know that the APC is desperate and they are doing everything to frustrate voters, but it will not work.
“The APC knew they were going to loose the election and they decided to shift the election. Even if they want to shift it by another one year, PDP will still win. APC has no chance in Edo state. Edo is a PDP state and we will prove that during the election,” Senator Ordia said.
He also called on Edo people to come out en mass and vote for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, noting that no amount of intimidation should deter them from exercising their voting right.
The Senator also advised security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to make themselves willing tools in the hands of desperate politicians.
“I want to also call on INEC and security agencies. They must maintain neutrality during the election. They should not allow themselves to be used. They must know ensure that voters are not harassed or beaten up.
“I want to equally caution security agencies not to be used too to snatch ballot boxes. I am making this call because we have seen or heard cases in the past where security agencies reportedly connived with INEC officials to deny Nigerians their voting rights.
“I want to urge President Buhari not to allow Oshiomhole’s personal greed to throw Edo state into chaos. Mr. President must caution INEC not be used to rig the election in favour of APC.
“The values of one man, one vote which brought Oshiomhole to power have been abandoned. He is now desperate to impose his candidate on Edo people and we have rejected that. Edo people have rejected Oshiomhole and his candidate,” the lawmaker said.