Edo Guber Tussle: PDP, Ize Iyamu Rejects Judgement, Heads to Appeal Court
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, have rejected the ruling of the Election Petitions Tribunal which upheld the election of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu described the judgment as one that cannot stand at the higher courts.
Speaking after the ruling, Ize-Iyamu told PDP elders, leaders and party supporters at his campaign office that the battle had just begun.
His words: “From the snippets I heard of the tribunal judgement it cannot stand in the higher courts. This case must be pursued up to the Supreme Court.
“I want to thank God that we have all been able to reach this part of the journey. What gladdens my heart is that God will vindicate us in the long run.”
“Don’t be dismayed. We are still hoping for your support. I urge you all to be calm and refrain from being provoked into violence. Even if they push you laugh,” Iyamu said.
State chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, said the party planned to appeal the tribunal ruling.
“I want to tell you that we have just started the journey as a party. I have no doubt that we are fighting a just cause,” he said and declined to give details on what happened at the tribunal.
“The mandate that was freely given to us by Edo people we have a duty to retrieve it. The party will go on appeal”
“Definitely we are going to appeal against the judgement. We reject the judgement of the tribunal; it is not acceptable to us.
“We have told our lawyers to appeal the judgement. The issues we raised in the petition were not addressed by the tribunal.
“I appeal to Edo people to remain calm but be resolute in our bid to reclaim the mandate given to Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.”