The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu on Friday, declared that God has told him to “pursue and recover” his mandate which he said INEC robbed him and his party, PDP, of on September 28 when it announced the APC as the winner of the State governorship elections.
He said after seeking the face of God, now more than ever before, he is committed to seeking justice over the fake results of the state governorship elections declared by the electoral umpire, at the State governorship Elections Petitions tribunal, the Court of Appeal and up to the Supreme Court, if necessary.
He was addressing those who came out for the protests against the INEC results, which entered its second week, and kicked off at Ikpoba slope junction of Akpakpava/Second East Circular/New Lagos road in the state capital through New Lagos Road, Mission Road and back to Akpakpava street, where it all began Friday morning.
He said, “let me assure you that the robbery of the Edo peoples mandate will not stand. In the past few days I have been seeking the face of God. I asked him what do I do: do I leave them to their fate? Do I walk away? And God gave me a word. He said,’pursue and recover.’
“I have not come out since the fake results but many of you said, this mandate is beyond Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu; ‘even if he sits at home we will not sit at home’. Because you voted and your vote must count. Despite the fake results you have refused to be violent. Properties have not been destroyed. No life is lost”.
Appreciating the protesters for being defiant despite threats of being attacked by members of other political parties, he said, “greater are those that are with us than those that are with them. Anybody who attempts to attack us should know that we cannot be intimidated”.
Ize-Iyamu who argued that it was lamentable that those who were given victory by INEC were ashamed of celebrating the victory said, “Edo is in a state of mourning like a graveyard because the people’s mandate has been robbed. But let me assure you that at the end of the day we will win, because God has said so. We will win because Edo people voted for us and we won the election”.
Also speaking, the state party chairman, Chief Dan Orbih said, “we are going to put everything in place to defend democracy. We are going to defend our right to freely elect our governor. We have a right as a people to decide to elect our governor. That we have done and together we are going to retrieve our mandate”.
Appealing to protesters, who included members of Civil Society organisations, students, market women, pensioners, Local government employees, traders and artisans, to keep the peace while embarking on the street protests, Orbih said the will of the people must prevail.
The Friday protest, tagged “Mother of all Protests”, was coordinated by the Centre for Patriotic Leadership Initiative (CPLI), a leadership and civil rights advocacy NGO, led by Saint Moses Eromonsele