AKHERE Godwin, Benin
THE suspended deputy speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Festus Ebea, has denied claims that the House of Assembly election in his constituency was free and fair.
He revealed to Global Patriot Newspapers, Tuesday, that his inability to retain his seat in the forthcoming House of Assembly was as a result of betrayal by some politicians he had even fought for on previous occasions.
While painting a graphic picture of irregularities that was perpetrated at the polls, Ebea said he was however not going to the tribunal to challenge the results
“We’ve had an election that for now people are praising was free and fair. But as an active participant I will say that the election was fraught with some many irregularities.
“I do believe that Nigerians do want change as they claimed. But whatever happened in the last elections it is not something that people will know now until probably after the inauguration you’ll begin to hear tales of what really happened at the elections generally. I am not making any exception.
“But taking into cognisance what happened in Edo State here what really played out. You find that in my own constituency so many ugly things happened. To the extent that even the hands of security agents were not clean.
“In the constituency 1 of my local government there was so much irregularities to the extent the extent there was massive thumb printing, shooting, snatching of ballot boxes and so on,” he said.
However, he stated that he will not take his case to the election petitions tribunal “because the level of betrayal even by some members of my political party cannot be downplayed and I do not want a situation whereby even the witnesses we have they start to intimidate them which they have already started.
“I don’t want to put anybody in harm’s way because I want to represent my people,” he said.