The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the September 19 governorship election in Edo State, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has said his party will not challenge the outcome of the exercise at the election petitions tribunal to avoid further tension in the state.
Ize-Iyamu, however, said his party would pursue two pre-election cases already before the court to the fullest as part of efforts to challenge the victory of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election, Godwin Obaseki.
He said the APC would pursue the cases to logical conclusions because the PDP also had 13 pre-election matters against his party.
The APC governorship candidate also said in a statement on Monday that contrary to media reports, the election was neither free nor fair, alleging that there were several episodes of violence, voter intimidation and falsification of results.
Godwin Obaseki was declared the winner of the contest by the Independent National Electoral Commission having polled 307,955 to defeat Mr Ize-Iyamu, who had 223,619.
Ize – Iyamu said the APC was mindful that its leadership and many well-placed individuals had made pronouncements endorsing the process, “which we have chosen to respect”.