AGENE GODWIN, Benin
A Chieftain of Edo South Senatorial District of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Friday accused the Edo State Chapter of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) of making mockery of proceedings of the on-going Election Petition Tribunal by seeking to create a drama over a “fictionalized” evasion of service by the APC and the Governor-elect, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.
The APC leader, Mr. Oteghe Adams at a press briefing, accused the candidate of the PDP, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his party for the continuous campaign of denigration and vicious attack on the will of the electorate as expressed on September 28th.
The leadership of PDP had accused the Governor – elect, Mr. Godwin Obaseki of evading court services by going into hiding since the party filed petition at the State Election Petitions Tribunal challenging the outcome of the September 28 Governorship poll.
The PDP also slammed the ruling party for allegedly shutting down its state party secretariat out of reach and barring security agents and officials of the party from coming to office.
But, according to Adams, “the recent unfortunate drama about the purported ‘evasion’ of court summons created by the PDP was nothing but the figment of the sick imagination of the party. The PDP tried through the Ize-Iyamu and Dan Orbih – selected puppet, Chris Nehikhare, to suggest that the APC and the Governor – elect were evading the service of court summons.
“The fabrication of such a bizarre and reckless tale completely exposes the mendacious mind set of the failed factional PDP governorship candidate in the on-going contrived protestation before the Election Tribunal. All evidence from local to global independent agencies affirmatively point to non-violent, free and fair elections by Edo voters on September 28th.
“Having woefully lost the diabolical game plan that Ize-Iyamu’s PDP faction scripted for September 28th, the defeated candidate is now using an otherwise sacrosanct proceeding of the Election Tribunal for shameless theatrics.
“As someone who professes to be a barrister, it would have been expected that Ize-Iyamu would know the proper proceeding by which people are summoned for judicial appearances. Rather, the PDP flag bearer simply wants to continuously sow the seeds of confusion in the minds of Edo people by giving the impression that the APC and the Governor-elect were ‘evading’ service to comply with the proceedings of the tribunal.
“Evidently, Ize-Iyamu neither has respect for judicial proceedings nor for the voice of the people. Ize-Iyamu could have complied with the elementary practices of due diligence by ensuring that the bailiffs of the summons duly contacted and checked the relevant offices of the APC and the so many well-known addresses of the Governor-elect to ensure proper service.
“The APC and Godwin Obaseki are strict believers in the rule of law; they perceive the tribunal as a serious constitutional avenue to genuinely redress wrongs, if there were. The APC is not the party with a legacy of impunity. On the other hand, the PDP conceives of the election tribunal as a mere space for legal acrobatics and tragic-comedies, a stratagem to afflict, to trap Edo people into a diversionary journey.
“It is disgraceful that the PDP wants to use the floor of the Election tribunal as the venue to script longer homilies and write new songs to prolong the certain funeral of a dead party, the PDP. Ultimately the will of the electorate will prevail as no surreptitious maneuvers will alter the route of progressive continuity so enthusiastically embraced by the electorate on September 28th”, the party chieftain said.