Edo Election: PDP Withdraws Petition Against Oshiomhole
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Edo state today announced the withdrawal from the petition earlier filed at the State Election Petition Tribunal challenging the election of Governor Adams Oshiomhole of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN in the July 14 2012 governorship election.
This development is coming barely 3 days after the petition was filed at the registry of the tribunal with the claim that the election was dogged with irregularities.
The sudden decision of the party, perhaps sensing another defeat which may further humiliate it was contained in a statement signed by the state chairman of the party, Dan Orbih and titled “Edo State Governorship Election- 2012: Let God Be the Judge”
The PDP in the statement said it regretted that the outcome of the election though highly manipulated by the ruling ACN is now being hailed by all because it is PDP that has lost, stressing that “it has now become a tradition that when the PDP loses an election, the election is free and fair”.
“With the above assessment of the results, PDP is aware of the divergent views and expressions by the public. PDP is also aware of the legal options. However, PDP has fully consulted the leadership of the party at both within and outside the state. During these consultations, legal opinions were sought and it is the conclusion of the party that while we appreciate the effects of the results declared by INEC will have on our teeming members, we are also mindful of the consequences which the state may run into with protracted litigation.
“Consequently, though painful, for now PDP has decided not to file any petition before the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in the interest of the state”, the statement added.
Reacting to the withdrawal of the petition, the State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole commended the party leaders for the decision and said he has accepted the withdrawal of the petition.
Oshiomhole said he “views the decision of the PDP not to contest the July 14 election at the tribunal as a step in the right direction as the result of the election showed an overwhelming support for the Governor across the 18 Local Government Areas of the state.”
The Governor said: “I wish to extend my hand of fellowship to all men of goodwill to join hands with Government to move the state to the next level, because, despite all the successes recorded in the last three and half years, Edo state is still work-in-progress.
“I look forward to more collaboration between my government, other political parties and interests in the state. I want to restate my full respect for the PDP leader, Chief Tony Anenih, whom I hold and will continue to hold in high respects.
“I also wish to assure the PDP Candidate, Maj.-Gen Charles Airhiavbere (rtd) whom I regard as a friend, that now that we have put the elections behind us, my doors are open so that together, we may lift our state to the high level where it should be.
“I however wish to state that other issues raised by the PDP will be commented on on another occasion.”