By Uche Nelson
Earlier results in Edo State governorship election show the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Godwin Obasaki in leading his rival in poll, Izi Iyamu in a slight margin.
Results already declared in some polling be booths indicate that PDP made a strong showing in many polling units especially in the southern or riverine areas of the state.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said that it has been informed that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood is under intense pressure from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to allow the replacement of results declared in the riverine areas of Edo state in other to jerk up figures for the party.
The PDP also said that it has information on ploys been undertaken to replace results in Fugar and other adjoining local governments all in Edo North.
PDP, which spoke through its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan said, “we appeal to the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, not to fall for this pressure in the interest of the unity and cohesion of our country.
“We have the results as already declared in the various polling units and we urge INEC to confine itself to these results already declared by its officials at the polling units.
“We invite Nigerians to closely monitor results being declared on the INEC virtual portal to ensure the wishes of the people of Edo State are not altered overnight.”
In a related development, an Obasaki supporter Saturday night fell off from a moving vehicle while jubilating over declared result in his unit.
He was however rushed to hospital by his co-jubilants.