Edo election: Deputy Governor-elect, Shuaibu denies threatening collation officer

The Deputy Governor-elect of Edo State, Phillip Shuaibu on Thursday said he didn’t threaten the Collation Officer for Etsako West Local Government Area, while results were being collated.

The Collation Officer, Prof. Adewole Atere had alleged that Shuaibu threatened him and wanted him to manipulate the results.

But Shuaibu while responding debunked the claims as false.

He said, “I was shocked when I watched it on TV; I was wondering if it was somebody else that was talking. Everything he said was completely  the opposite to what happened. And thank God that the DSS, police and other security agents were there when all these things were done at the collation centre.”

He added, “It started at the ward collation centres, when the young man working with INEC made a mistake in his calculation and our agents drew his attention to the mistake and he corrected them.

“But at the level of the local government level, the PDP wanted to take advantage of it, that those units must be cancelled. The same collation officer that went on air lying that I was harassing him with a gun is the same man who promised that the matter would  be sorted out in Benin.

“So, we left the collation centre  with the  mindset that we were leaving for Benin to take a decision on the matter,  because the duty of the collation officer in that ward was to collate what was given to him and not to cancel and there was no element of single violence in my unit that would result to issue of cancellation of any result.”

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