Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the just concluded Edo governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu will this Friday, formally lead the street protests against the results declared by the independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, which announced the APC as the winner of the September 26 2016 polls.
It will be recalled that party loyalists and supporters including Civil Society movements, students, workers, traders, artisans, coordinated by the Centre for Patriotic Leadership Initiative (CPLI), a leadership and rights advocacy NGO, have been protesting the results in Benin City.
Friday 7th of October 2016 protests, which CPLI Coodinator , Mr Saint Moses Eronmosele said is one of the 100 such protests planned, is tagged the “Mother of the Series of Protests” and will besides Ize-Iyamu have as Speakers, the state PDP chairman, Chief Dan Orbih and many others.
He said, the protests is against impunity, perpetration of illegality and massive electoral fraud by INEC, APC, security operatives and governor Adams Oshiomhole who , “colluded to steal and subvert the people’s mandate freely given to PDP candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu”.
“We have the permission of the law to protest against perceived wrongs because where there is a wrong there has to be a remedy.
We shall take to the streets for 100 days until the stolen mandate is restored”.
Urging all to dress in black because, “We are morning the death of democracy, justice and fairness in Edo state”, he said , “On that day, all Edo people, even APC, are all invited to throng the streets in a massive protest across Edo state as we are saying enough is enough to impunity and illegality”.
On insinuations that the Nigerian Police Force recently announced a ban on streets protests in the state , he said, “Defy the Police Order, defy APC thugs, defy everyone who wants to silence your voice or darken your conscience. Stand for what is right and be counted. Take a place on the right side of history”.
“These protests are not about Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. No. The protests are about you and I, our future, our hope. If they succeeded against POI it means that tomorrow when you and I also stand for election based on our track record or popularity, that someone somewhere would also deprive us of victory.”