The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday, April 17, 2015 announced that it would not be participating in the Edo State House of Assembly election in Orhionmwon II which is billed to hold on Saturday, April 18, 2015.
The PDP Chairman in the council, Nosakhare Ogieva-Okunbor, while making the development known, said the PDP reached the decision because the party believes that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had manipulated the electoral process in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ogieva-Okunbor said: “Considering the flagrant and gross abuse of electoral process that have trailed the elections conducted so far, we have resolved to pull out of the election.
“INEC has manipulated the whole process. Results that are favourable to us from the previous election were being rejected while those favourable to the APC were accepted.”
Also speaking was the PDP candidate in the rescheduled election Friday Ogieriakhi who said that participating in the poll would be insignificant as INEC had rejected all complaints previously tendered by the PDP.
He said: “We will not dignify the fraud that is being perpetrated by INEC. We will challenge the result of the election in court and reclaim our mandate.”