The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the September 28 governorship election in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has vowed to recover his mandate through the tribunal even though Godwin Obaseki was sworn in.
Ize-Iyamu, while appealing to all his supporters to remain calm, non-violent, hopeful and prayerful, reminded them that he has already filed a petition before the tribunal to declare him winner of the election.
He declared that he was committed to the actualization of the mandate freely given to him by the people of the state and would not give up till it is actualised.
“I will do everything to ensure the actualisation of the mandate they gave to me. I cannot be compromised, I cannot be bought and I have faith in the judiciary, I have faith in God,” he said during the inauguration of the Edo Mandate Recovery Centre by his supporters.
“Edo people should also have faith, and on no condition should they resort to violence. It is going to be a long road and in the course of this journey, a man who did not win will be temporarily sworn in; but we must not leave the State. The will of God will be done at the end of the day.”
Head of the Recovery Group, Barrister Daniel Ogbegie, disclosed that the centre was to provide a platform for Edo people who would want to contribute their quota towards recovering Ize-Iyamu’s mandate.
“We honestly believe that the movement to reclaim this mandate has gone beyond the PDP and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu,” he said.
“As part of recovering this mandate, it is pertinent to also monitor the Government that is being inaugurated today at the Ogbemudia stadium and to hold them to account to the people throughout the short period they will superintend over the affairs of the State.”