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Edo poll: It’s okay if APC wins, says Wike

Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, says whoever emerges winner of the Edo state governorship election is acceptable by him.

Residents of Edo on Saturday went to the polls to elect who will lead the state for the next four years.

Addressing journalists at the government house in Benin, the state capital, Wike, who is the chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national campaign council for the election, said the party is satisfied with the outcome of the exercise so far.

He commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies for the peaceful conduct of the poll.

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“For now, I don’t have the power to announce results, but from the reports we are getting so far from the field, I think we are happy,” Wike said.

“I want to commend INEC so far for making sure that people voted in different polling units.

“I will also commend the security agencies so far for making sure that there was no much violence and if that continues, I think it’s progress.

“Election is a process. The collation has not been done; it’s after the collation we can now give final conclusion of our appraisal.

“So far, I can say they ‘ve done well.

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“What we are saying is that they should maintain what has happened and INEC should make sure that nobody tries to change the will of the people; that is what we are saying.

“If it’s the All Progressive Congress (APC) that wins, let it be so. If it’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) that wins, let it be so. I think we are very happy with what we have now. I think we have over 2,000 polling units results now.”

“It’s not just about voting. After voting, votes are counted and then you go for collation. This is the critical period and they should protect their collation centres whether at the ward level, local government level or state level so that everybody who has voted will be happy,” Wike added.

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On the alleged siege laid on him in his hotel room in Benin on Friday, Wike said the episode was now history.

“What happened yesterday has happened; you have seen me now, I have not left Edo,” he said.

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