As projected by Checkpointcharley, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has declared Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress, APC, winner of the 2016 Edo governorship election.
Obaseki polled 319,483 to defeat his closest rival, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who got 253,173 votes.
But Ize-Iyamu and his party, PDP, have rejected the results even before the final tally.
Ize-Iyamu told reporters at his Benin residence that INEC has carried out a “rape of democracy”.
He said “Contrary to claim that PDP brought in 8,000 militants, the election showed that PDP is law-abiding and did not involve in illegality. The delays in announcing official result by INEC was in order to announce predetermined fabricated results.
“The figures being announced by INEC do not represent the massive turnout. We have told our agents to bring all the results issued at the polling units. We do not want to rely on the messages they sent.
“In the next three or four days, we will have complete record. From findings, it is clear a lot of manipulation has taken place.”