….PDP wins 12 seats, APC eight, LP one, three outstanding
On Tuesday, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, released the results of the Saturday, March 18 House of Assembly elections, three days after the poll.
In the results released, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, won 12 out of the 24 seats contested for, just as the All Progressive Congress, APC, won eight.
Labour Party, LP, according to the result, won only one seat while three others were declared inconclusive.
The result showed that the PDP did not win a single seat in the February 25 presidential and national assembly elections and staged a surprise comeback.
A press statement endorsed by the Edo INEC Head of Department, Voter Education/Publicity, Timidi Wariowei, showed that the PDP won in Akoko-Edo I and Akoko-Edo II.
Other constituencies won by the party are Esan Central, Esan North East II, Esan South East, Igueben, Ikpoba-Okha, Orhionmwon II, Ovia North East I, Ovia North East II, Owan West, and Uhunmwonde.
The APC won in Esan North East I, Esan West, Etsako Central, Etsako East, Etsako West I, Etsako West II, Orhionmwon I, and Owan East.
The LP, on its own, won in the Oredo West constituency, while Oredo East, Egor, and Ovia South West constituencies were declared inconclusive.
Shortly after the official announcement of the results, the LP candidate for Ovia North East constituency, Victor Nosa Omoregie, announced his resignation as a party member, alleging that he was seen as a mole for the PDP by members of the party.
In a press statement issued on Tuesday, Omoregie said he was comfortable with the election’s outcome, which he said had curtailed the APC from its intention of taking over the state house of assembly.
“I contested the election under the ticket of Labour Party but was never genuinely accepted into the party as I was regarded as a mole and agent working for PDP. This damaging assertion went viral on social media. From top to bottom, the Labor Party leadership worked hard to demean my person to the extent of creating identity confusion, leading to the mix-up in the name of my constituency and constituency 2 candidature.
“As it stands, as far as I am concerned, the Labour Party in Edo State today is not what the masses expect it to be. Perhaps, the presence of the “Obidient” factor attempted to give life to it but without success for now.
“I cannot under any circumstance wish to continue to identify myself with the party, particularly with the present crop of party leadership who appear to understand little or nothing about political management.
“In the light of the above, I forthwith severe myself from Labour Party and consolidate my membership of PDP, which is my family party.
“I must say that I am satisfied with the outcome of the election because it has succeeded in curtailing the attempt by APC to control the Edo State House of Assembly with conceived evil intentions aimed at destabilizing the State”, Omoregie stated.