Edo Gov Poll: Melaye Wishes COVID-19 Upon Election Riggers

 

Former senator representing Kogi West Local Government Area, Dino Melaye, has warned all those who plan on rigging the forthcoming Edo State Governorship election to desist from such plans.

Melaye sounded the warning in an unusual fashion at the flag-off of the campaign of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday where he said anyone involved in such an act will be infected with the coronavirus.

“Every power that is trying to rig this election, Holy Ghost fire,” the senator said to the cheering crowd of supporters.

He went further to say: “Those who want to come from Abuja where they put Dollar for pocket or from Kogi State, that want to come and rig this election, begin to receive COVID”.

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The campaign is taking place at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, the state capital, with strict compliance to COVID-19 safety guidelines, especially the social distancing rule, according to the party.

Governor Obaseki who is running for a second term in office is running on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party following his defection from the All Progressives Congress on June 19, the party with which he won his first term.

 

 

The PDP says Obaseki’s re-election bid is on the strength of the work he has done in the last three years.

The election is slated to hold on September 19.

Court Strikes Out Suit Seeking To Bar Obaseki From Participating In Edo PDP Primary

A file photo of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.
A file photo of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.

 

 

The Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has struck out the suit filed by Mr Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama stopping Governor Godwin Obaseki from participating in Thursday’s PDP governorship primaries, in Edo State.

A counsel to the plaintiff, D. C. Denwigwe, (SAN) had in an oral application during resumption of the hearing on Wednesday, informed the court that the parties in the suit had resolved the matter.

He said their clients have settled and have directed their counsels to withdraw the case.

He also apologised to the court for the inconveniences and urged that the matter be struck-out based on the oral prayers.

Emmanuel Enoidem, Counsel for the 1st defendant, Uche Secondus and 3rd to the 7th defendant, counsel for the 2nd defendant, Higher King and Counsel for the 8th and 9th defendants, Alex Ejesiema, SAN also concurred to the motion.

However, the presiding Judge, Justice E. O. Obile, struck out the matter follow the submission of the counsels.

Addressing newsmen Emmanuel Enoidem who is also the National Legal Adviser of the PDP said they agreed that the party must be united.

Alex Ejesiema (SAN), Governor Godwin Obaseki’s lawyer on his part, said they were prepared for it.

He also noted that there is no more obstruction for Governor Obaseki and therefore, he can contest.

Mr Ogbeide-ihama had filed a suit in the court asking it to prevent any member of the party that has purchased forms but not screened within the time stipulated to contest the PDP primary.

Subsequently, the court on Tuesday, granted the request for an accelerated hearing of the suit but before the hearing on the application today, Ogbeide-Ihama’s counsel requested that the court stood down the case for some time, to allow for an out-of-court settlement.

The presiding judge, Justice Emmanuel Obile, granted the prayers after the counsel to all the defendants aligned with the request.

APC Holds Edo Governorship Primary Election

The headquarters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

 

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) is conducting its primary election for the forthcoming governorship poll in Edo State.

This comes amid the lingering crisis in the party which led to the suspension of the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, and the exit of the incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki, from the party.

The Secretary of the APC Governorship Primary Election Committee, Ajibola Bashiru, told Channels Television on Sunday that nothing would stop the election from holding on Monday.

Bashiru, who was a guest on Sunday Politics, said, “We are set to conduct primary in Edo State. We have met with the leadership of the state. We have appointed presiding officers in line with the guidelines of the party at local government and ward levels.”

According to him, the exercise will commence by 8am at all 192 wards in 18 local government areas of the state.

The party is conducting the exercise despite the warning by the state government that the APC must apply for a waiver before organising a political gathering in any part of the state, as it battles the spread of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the Federal High Court in Benin City had fixed June 22 to decide on the mode of primary to be used by the party for the exercise.

The APC screening committee for the primary election had disqualified the governor and two other candidates, saying Obaseki was declared unfit to participate in the exercise because of his “defective certificates”.

In his reaction, Governor Obaseki rejected the committee’s decision and accused his predecessor of frustrating his effort of seeking re-election.

Oshiomhole, however, denied the allegation and explained that the party was only trying to ensure the best candidate was fielded in the September 19 election.

A photo combination of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole
A photo combination of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

 

On Thursday last week, the APC National Working Committee (NWC)-backed acting national chairman, Hilliard Eta, inaugurated the Governorship Primary Election and Appeal committees.

The Governorship Primary Election Committee is chaired by Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, with Senator Bashiru as its secretary and five others as members.

On the other hand, the Appeal Committee has Dr Yusuf Naaji as chairman and Dr Kayode Ajulo as its secretary, with three others as members.

The party had inaugurated the committees two days after Governor Obaseki resigned his membership from the APC.

He later joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday last week and was granted a waiver to contest for an elective office on the party’s platform with about three months to the election.

The governor has since been screened by the PDP committee and has been welcomed into the party by the PDP Governors’ Forum, former presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, among other party leaders.

Following Obaseki’s exit from the APC, the crisis in the party took a new twist as two conflicting declarations emerged over the suspension of Oshiomhole from the party.

While about 17 APC executive members of Ward 10 in Etsako West Local Government Area (LGA) said the decision had been reviewed in the interest of peace, the ward chairman insisted that the embattled national chairman remained suspended from the party.

PDP National Caucus Rejects Edo Governorship Election Outcome

PDP, INEC, Police, DSS, CourtThe Peoples Democratic Party rejected the outcome of the Edo State governorship election describing the process as a charade.

The opposition party made the statement at an enlarged National Caucus meeting held on Wednesday evening at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja and presided over by the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi.

A statement by a spokesman for the party, Chinwe Nnorom, said that the meeting was well attended with the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT), Senator Walid Jubrin, Principal Officers of the National Assembly, Governors of Ondo, Taraba, Bayelsa, Gombe, other members of the National Caretaker Committee, National Vice Chairmen, former Governors, former Ministers, other members of BoT and other members of the National Executive Committee (NEC).

The Meeting was held to allow members brief the National Caucus on the status of the Party and the ongoing reconciliation process.

Daylight Robbery

Mr Nnorom said: “The National Caucus frowned at the brazen display of avarice and desperation against the Edo electorates and democracy on September 28 and 29, 2016 by the ruling APC in collaboration with INEC and security agencies all in the name of Governorship Election.

“Consequently, the Meeting unanimously rejected the outcome of the charade that took place in Edo State”.

The National Caucus further called on all members of the party nationwide and in Edo State in particular to remain calm and resilient in the face of “this daylight robbery of their mandate to our Candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. We believe that justice will be served”.

While the PDP has continued to put forward allegations of malpractices in the election, the INEC has dismissed its claims, saying that the election was free and fair and was conducted based on the stipulations of the Electoral Act.

Before the announcement of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC),  Mr Godwin Obaseki, as the winner of the election, the PDP had accused the INEC of collaborating with the ruling APC to rig the election at the collation centre.

Edo Governorship Election Is Free And Fair, INEC Insists

Solomon-Soyebi-INEC-National-Commissioner-on-Voter-EducationThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the Edo State governorship election was free and fair, dismissing allegations of bias and compromise by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The PDP had alleged that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the INEC had planned to rig the September 28 election at the collation centre in Benin City.

But INEC said the election was conducted in accordance with the guidelines of the Electoral Act.

INEC’s National Commissioner in charge of Voter Education and Publicity, Solomon Soyebi, told Channels Television’s correspondent in Kaduna on Wednesday that the election was not fraught with irregularities, as being alleged by the PDP and its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

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Candidate of the peoples Democratic Party, Osagie Ize-Iyamu

He also debunked claims by the PDP that the commission deliberately delayed result of the election from the 18 Local Government Councils in Edo state in order to favour the ruling APC in the state.

“Checkmated Any Form Of Rigging”

He further explained that INEC deployed an electronic device during the election that tracked the collation of results from the polling units up to the last collation centre.

“These devices checkmated any form of rigging,” he stated.

Mr Soyebi further highlighted that with the peaceful conduct of the Edo election, the commission was determined to improve on the success during the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State.

INEC has come under criticism by some aggrieved persons since last week Thursday when it announced the results of the election that produced the APC candidate, Godwin Obaseki as governor-elect in Edo State.

Another opposition party in the election APGA had before the announcement of the result called for total cancellation of the election, citing irregularities.

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Mr Osaro Onaiwu alleged that financial inducement and intimidation of party loyalists occurred during the poll.

“The election is going to be inconclusive because there is a lot of damage already. There was no election in Ologbo and Oluku and whatever result they are bringing out from these two places, it is not going to be accepted by us,” Mr Onaiwu said.

He is the first candidate in the election that has called for the cancellation of the election that had 19 contestants.

The election is said to have been peaceful, but with cases of ballot snatching reported.

Earlier, a member of the party monitoring the process at a polling unit, Stephen Edema, told Channels Television that the process had been smooth.

The Independent Electoral Commission had said the election was smooth and had progressed as expected.

Edo Election: PDP Vows To Reclaim ‘Stolen Mandate’

Edo Election, PDP, APC, Godwin Obaseki, stolen mandateThe national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has joined the Edo State chapter to reject the results of the governorship election held on Wednesday, September 30 in which APC candidate, Godwin Obaseki emerged winner.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye, the party aligned with its candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s allegation that the election was flawed and that the PDP was robbed of the victory it deserved.

The PDP candidate alleged inducement of voters and collaboration of INEC and the state government to doctor the results in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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The statement also berated President Buhari’s congratulatory message to Godwin Obaseki after his declaration by INEC as winner of the election. The message, according to PDP “has finally revealed his hand in the Edo Guber Election imbroglio”.

“We note with sadness that he (Buhari) had never extended similar congratulatory messages or goodwill to PDP candidates who were victorious in various elections since he assumed office.

“In Bayelsa State where his party, with the support of security agencies virtually declared war on Governor Seriake Dickson and the people of Bayelsa, the President refused to congratulate the PDP candidate who, against all odds, managed to survive the APC onslaught.

“His aides claimed then that the President was not in the business of congratulating election winners. Why the sudden change of heart now if we may ask?

“The only plausible explanation is that the President was eager to confer legitimacy on an otherwise badly flawed election in which his party acted like Shina Rambo, the notorious Armed Robber. Only that this time they were robbing the people of their votes.

“The action of the President belies his statement that he belongs to nobody but belongs to everybody. The President has shown where he belongs. We recall that President Jonathan dutifully never failed to congratulate opposition candidates who won elections during his tenure including Adams Oshiomhole. That is what is expected of a statesman.

Bad Losers

The party also reacted to the Edo APC Chairman, Anselm Ojezua’s post-election interview where he referred to the PDP as bad losers for questioning the authenticity of the results announced by INEC.

Mr Ojezua noted that the entire process of the Edo election had been described as peaceful, adding that the rejection of the election results by the PDP was “an act of a bad loser”.

“We did not lose the Gubernatorial Election in Edo State. We can therefore not be described as “bad losers” according to the APC State Chairman in Edo State, Anselm Ojezua. We were robbed by very shameless election riggers.

“We fully support the Edo Chapter of the PDP in the total rejection of the election results. We also fully endorse their determination to employ all legitimate means to reclaim their stolen mandate,” the party said.

Democracy In Danger

The PDP went further to warn that Nigeria’s democracy was “in grave danger”.

“Since the advent of this administration, no election has been free and fair. We go for elections as if we are going to war; and virtually all elections conducted by INEC have been either inconclusive or blatantly rigged.

“Today Rivers State has no representation in the National Assembly. No thanks to the powers that be.

“If we do not collectively rise to resist this anti people onslaught we might as well say bye bye to democracy,” the PDP stated.

 

Edo Governorship Election 2016: Live Updates

Edo State Governorship ElectionAs Mr Adams Oshiomhole rounds up his tenure as Governor of Edo State, residents trooped out in their numbers to decide who takes over the baton of leadership in the state for another four years.

The governorship election took place in 18 local government areas of Edo State in South-south Nigeria.

Nineteen candidates contested in the election.

4:08pm: INEC declares APC candidate, Mr Godwin Obaseki, as the winner of the Edo State governorship election.

INEC Returning Officer declares Godwin Obaseki winner of Edo governorship polls
INEC Returning Officer declares Godwin Obaseki winner of Edo governorship polls

4:05pm: The Returning Officer for the Edo State governorship elections, Professor Kayode Soremekun, announced the final results as follows: AA – 155; ACD – 1,350; ACPN – 3,184; APC – 319,483; APGA – 876; CPP – 226; ID – 99; KOWA – 75; LP – 182; NPPP – 125; NCP – 294; NNPP – 118; PDC – 1,289; PDP – 253,173; PPA – 855; PPN – 112; SDP – 72; UPP – 431; YDP – 200.

1:29pm: Akoko LGA: APC – 24, 545, PDP 13, 027, Total Valid Votes – 37, 946, Rejected Votes – 1,684, Total Votes Cast – 39, 630.

1:15pm: Ikpoba-Okha: ACP- 175, ACPN – 401 APC – 33, 469, APGA – 148, CPP – 52, ID – 9, KOWA – 15, LP – 54, NPPP – 17, NCP – 63, NNPP – 19, PDC – 181, PDP – 26,096, PPA – 102, PPN – 19, SDP – 12, UPP – 169, YDP – 16. Total Valid Votes – 61, 055, Rejected Votes – 3, 826, Total Votes Cast – 64, 881.

12:55pm: Etsako West: AA – 5, ACP – 76,  ACPN – 257, APC – 29,199, APGA – 50, CPP – 10, ID – 8, KOWA – 3, LP – 5, NPPP – 5, NCP – 15, NNPP – 4, PDC – 54, PDP – 10, 843, PPA – 33, PPN – 6, SDP – 11, UPP – 7, YDP – 20. Total Vites Cast – 40,611, Rejected Votes – 2127, Total Votes Cast – 42, 728

12:39pm: Etsako East: AA – 2, ACP – 30, ACPN – 80, APC – 18,078, APGA – 30, CPP – 7, ID – 4, KOWA – 2, LP – 2, NPPP – 2, NCP – 7, NNPP – 3, PDP – 12, 552, PPA – 23, PPN – 0, SDP – 1, UPP – 5, YDP – 4. Total Valid Votes – 30,858, Rejected Votes – 1, 056, Total Votes Cast – 31,914.

12:24pm: Esan North Central: AA – 2, ACD – 36, ACPN – 99, APC – 9,781, APGA – 28, CPP – 7, ID – 5, KOWA – 2, LP – 3, NPPP – 1, NCP -2, NNPP – 2, PDC – 37, PDP – 10, 180, PPA – 35, PPN – 2, SDP – 1, UPP – 1, YDP 7. Total Valid Votes – 20,211, Rejected Votes – 1153, Total Vores Cast – 21,364.

12:24pm: Etsako Cenral: AA – 1, ACD – 24, ACPN – 60, APC – 10,373, APGA – 15, CPP – 3, ID – 1, KOWA – 1, LP – 0, NPPP – 2, NCP – 2, NNPP – 2, PDC – 27, PDP – 8,827, PPA 14, PPN – 1, SDP – 2, UPP – 1, YDP – 2. Total Valid Votes -19538, Rejected Votes 549, Total Votes Cast 19,907.

12:29pm: Owan East LGA: AA – 7, ACD – 73, ACPN – , APC 21,233, APGA – 35, CPP – 6, ID – 4, KOWA – 1, LP – 6, NPPP – 7, NCP – 12, NNPP – 7, PDC – 52, PDP – 12,889, PPA – 35, PPN – 2, SDP 5, UPP – 0, YDP 12. Total Valid Votes 34,599, Rejected Votes 1,523, Total Votes cast – 36,122.

12:15pm: Ovia North LGA: APC – 17, 561, PDP – 13, 141. Total Valid Votes – 31, 415, Rejected Votes – 1,545, Total Votes Cast – 32,960.

12:10pm: INEC resumes announcement of results.

10:59am: INEC officials call for a break till 12 noon before continuation of result announcement.

10:55am: Esan West LGA: AA – 4, ACD – 65, ACPN – 172, APC – 13,114, APGA – 36, CPP – 13, ID – 12, KOWA – 1, LP – 5, NPPP – 27, NCP – 13, NNPP – 6, PDC – 79, PDP – 16,311, PPA – 49, PPN – 2, SDP – 2, UPP – 33, YDP – 19. Total Valid Votes – 29,963, Rejected Votes – 1,563, Total Votes Cast – 31, 526.

10:43am: Orhionmwon LGA: AA – 7, ACD – 85, ACPN – 149, APC – 15,262, APGA – 37, CPP – 13, ID – 4, KOWA – 10, LP – 8, NPPP – 5, NCP – 14, NNPP – 9, PDC – 58, PDP – 16, 446, PPA – 68, PPN – 5, SDP – 8, UPP – 21, YDP – 7. Total Valid Votes – 32,213, Rejected Votes – 1,788, Total Votes Cast – 34,001.

10:30am: There is a back and forth over results of Oredo LGA by officials of political parties and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

10:12am: Oredo LGA: AA – 16, ACD – 156, ACPN – 420, APC – 37, 612, APGA – 162, CPP – 23, ID – 6, KOWA – 8, LP – 45 , NPPP- 9, NCP – 42, NNPP – 9, PDC – 226, PDP – 30,492, PPA – 101, PPN – 15, SDP – 5, UPP – 33, YDP 21. Total Valid Votes – 69,401, Rejected Votes – 4,311, Total Votes Cast – 73,712.

10:07am: Esan South East LGA: AA – 1, ACD – 27, ACPN – 84, APC – 9,554, APGA – 17, CPP – 9,  ID – 4, KOWA – 3, LP – 5, NPPP – 1, NCP – 8, NNPP – 3, PDC – 38, PDP – 11, 466, PPA – 18, PPN – 4, SDP – 3, UPP – 1, YDP – 4,. Total valid Votes – 21,250, Rejected Votes – 806, Total Votes Cast – 22,056.

9:53am: Uhunwomnde: AA- 5, ACD – 69, ACPN – 105, APC – 10,911, APGA – 2020, CPP , ID- 6, KOWA -3 LP – 4, NPPP – 8, NCP – 20, NNPP – 6, PDC – 36, PDP – 8667, PPA – 30, PPN – 5, SDP – 3, UPP – 47, YPP – 14. Total Valid Votes – 19971, Rejected Votes – 1,759, Total Votes Cast – 21, 730.

9:37am: Igueben LGA:  AA – 1, ACD – 31, ACPN – 45, APC – 7,802, APGA – 6, CPP – 0, ID – 0, KOWA – 0, LP – 0, NPPP – 0, NCP – 0, NNPP – 0, PDC – 26, PDP – 7,560, PPA – 24, PPN -5, SDP – 0, UPP – 3, YDP – 3. Total Valid Votes -15506, Rejected Voted – 580, Total Votes Cast – 16086.

9:30am: Esan North East LGA: AA – 06, ACD – 5, ACPN – 109, APC – 9, 130, APGA – 38, CPP – 9, ID – 03, KOWA – 0, LP – 2, NPPP – 4, NCP – 16, NNPP – 5, PDC – 85, PDP – 16, 220, PPA – 46, PPM – 2, SDP – 3, UPP – 7, YDP – 12. Total Valid Votes – 25,747, Rejected Votes – 1,197, Total Votes Cast – 26,944.

9:20am: Egor LGA: AA – 18, ACD – 164, ACPN – 351, APC – 26,177, APGA 112, NPPP – 10, NCP – 23, NNPP – 15, PDC- 122, PDP – 19514, PPA- 93, PPM – 8, SDP – 5, UPP – 57, YDP – 14. Total Votes Cast – 46,728, Rejected Votes – 2,811.

9:15am: Owan West LGA : AA – 0, APC 12, 862, APGA – 21, CPP – 3, ID – 04, KOWA- 1, LP – 2, NPPP – 5, NCP – 6, NNPP – 5, PDC – 40, PDP – 10, 132, PPA – 37, PPM – 9, SDP – 4, UPP – 1, YDP – 10. Total Valid Votes 23, 290, Rejected Votes – 1002, Total Votes Cast – 24, 292.

9:00am: INEC begins announcement of results.

7:40am: INEC Commissioner on Voter Education, Mr Solomon Soyebi says the Commission is awaiting results from eight Local Government Areas before collation commences “in an hour”. He, however, didn’t mention which local government areas these are.

1:59am: Delay of results announcement triggers agitations at INEC Headquarters. Young men and women throng the place. Police won’t allow them access into the premises.

12:30am: Thursday, September 29, 2016: More vehicles moving into INEC Headquarters blaring siren. It appears they have some results, Seun Okinbaloye said.

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10:00pm: INEC National Commissioner, Solomon Soyebi, says no result is at the INEC Headquarters yet. Reporters still waiting.

“From tracking we know that some results are ready,” he said, but could not give the number of local council where results are ready.

“So far so good. This is one of the most beautiful elections we have conducted in recent times. It was very peaceful. There was large voters’ turnout. The good people of Edo State conducted themselves very properly,” the INEC official stated.

He confirmed that there were pockets of ballot snatching, but said it was minimal compared to expectations.

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9:10pm: INEC officials at the Headquarters monitoring activities of field officials compiling results at different local government areas.

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8:00pm: Reporters waiting for results to begin to come in at the INEC Headquarters. Channels Television’s correspondent Seun Okinbaloye said no local government has returned items to the INEC office.

6:00pm: The Peoples Democratic Party claims Oshiomhole, INEC plan to rig the governorship election at the electoral body’s collation centres.

The opposition party said that the delay by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to begin ward results announcement was a sign of the plan.

5:45pm: INEC tells Nigerians to disregard results on Social Media. Only INEC can do so, the electoral body warned. 

INEC issued the warning on its Twitter handle.

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5:05pm: Heavy security presence at INEC Headquarters, as the electoral body awaits the arrival of materials from local government wards.

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INEC Headquarters in Benin ready for collation of materials

4:50pm: At INEC Headquarters, stage is set for results announcement, but national officials are awaiting the results from the local governments.

4:45pm: Results compilation ongoing at the ward and then at the local government levels.

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Governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance in Edo Governorship election, Osaro Onaiwu

4:05pm: The candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Osaro Onaiwu, calls for total cancellation of poll.  He alleges financial inducement and intimidation of Party loyalists.

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Voters excited after counting of votes at their polling unit

2:46pm: Counting of votes begins in some polling units.

11:05am: Voting is ongoing at the polling centre in Agbado Primary School in Benin City.

INEC National Commissioner, Mrs Amina Zakari, says process has gone based on expectation.

She says that security agents are doing their work and the people of Edo State are doing what is expected of them.

10:40am: The poll got off to a smooth start in some polling centres at Esan West Local Government Area with good turnouts of electorates.

While voting takes place in an orderly manner, polling officers at the central primary school in Esan West say the entire process has been going on smoothly with little or no incidents with the card readers.

09:40am: At another polling point, election is going on peacefully.

The turnout of voters is massive with the presence of heavily-armed security operatives at the premises of the election venue.

08:45am: Ballot boxes are getting filled up. People with disabilities are also at the polling units to vote the candidate of their choice.

The election has been peaceful so far and voters hope that the process continues that way.

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Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Godwin-Obaseki, at a polling unit

08:19am: Channels Television reports that voting has commenced in the state.

07:45am: Channels Television correspondent reports from Benin City, the Edo State capital.

Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security operatives and voters arrived the polling centre as early as 07:00am.

Edo Governorship Election: APGA Candidate Calls For Total Cancellation

Osaro Onaiwu APGA Governorship Candidate in Edo Governorship electionThe candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in the governorship election held in Edo State has called for total cancellation of the poll.

Mr Osaro Onaiwu on Wednesday alleged that financial inducement and intimidation of party loyalists occurred during the poll.

“The election is going to be inconclusive because there is a lot of damage already. There was no election in Ologbo and Oluku and whatever result they are bringing out from these two places, it is not going to be accepted by us,” Mr Onaiwu said.

He is the first candidate in the election that has called for the cancellation of the election that had 19 contestants.

The election is said to have been peaceful, but with cases of ballot snatching reported.

Earlier, a member of the party monitoring the process at a polling unit, Stephen Edema, told Channels Television that the process had been smooth.

The Independent Electoral Commission had said the election was smooth and had progressed as expected.

Over 1.9 million people were registered to vote in the poll, which was supervised by over 18,511 officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), with 19 candidates contesting for the position of governor.

Edo State has 192 registration areas 2,627 polling units and 4,011 voting points.

INEC National Commissioner, Mrs Amina Zakari, said the electoral process was going on as expected while the INEC officials and security agents were working professionally.

Mrs Zakari made the observation in an interview with Channels Television on Wednesday at one of the polling centres in Benin City, the state’s capital in south-south Nigeria.

“It (the electoral process) has gone based on our expectation.

“The ad-hoc staff are working professionally (and) the security agents are doing their work (while) the people of Edo State are actually doing what we expect of them.

“They are behaving adequately, they are lined up neatly and everything is going smoothly,” she said.

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Compilation of results has started at different local government areas

Meanwhile, results compilation has started at different local government areas.

After the compilation at that level, the results would be sent to the Headquarters of the electoral body in Benin City, the capital of the state, for collation and announcement of the winner.

The candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party  and that of the All Progressives Congress are top contenders in the election which will produce a successor for Governor Adams Oshiomhole, who was a former labour union leader.

There is heavy security presence at the headquarters the electoral body, where collation will take place.

Observers Advise Edo Voters To Obey Electoral Laws

Edo Voters, security concerns, edo election, electoral lawsVoters in Edo state have been advised to adhere to the rule of law during Wednesday’s governorship election.

This advice was given on Tuesday by an election observer group, The Situation Room. ‎

Executive Director at the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, Mr Clement Nwankwo, also called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to ensure the polls are free, fair and credible.

Nineteen political parties are contesting in the election to produce a successor for Governor Adams Oshiomhole of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The election was shifted by the INEC after security agencies issued security alerts, advising the electoral body to postpone the election.

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Security has been beefed up ahead of the Wednesday election to ensure the safety of lives and property.

Ahead of the election, the state government had declared Tuesday, September 27 and Wednesday work free days, saying it would enable the residents travel to their places of registration to take part in the elections.

Remain Apolitical

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Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, had on Monday warned officers and men to conduct themselves in a manner worthy of the Nigerian Police.

He stated that the rescheduled elections had not only afforded the police the opportunity to prepare, but had also provided an avenue to ensure a free, fair, credible and secured electoral process.

Mr Idris also warned that the police would be firm and decisive in dealing with any infractions of the law and actions and activities that constitute breach of peace and contrary to public order.

He warned the 24,000 officials of the Nigerian Police Force deployed in Edo State to remain apolitical as they ensure security of lives and property during the election.

Edo Election: Police Boss Asks 24,000 Deployed Officials To Remain Apolitical

Police ,Counter-terrorism ,RiversOfficials of the Nigerian Police Force, 24,000 of them, deployed in Edo State to ensure security of lives and property during the election have been asked to remain apolitical.

In a statement on Monday by the spokesman for the police, Mr Don Awunah, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, warned officers and men to conduct themselves in a manner worthy of the Nigerian police.

He stated that the rescheduled elections had not only afforded the police the opportunity to prepare, but had also provided an avenue to ensure a free, fair, credible and secured electoral process.

Mr Idris also warned that the police would be firm and decisive in dealing with any infractions of the law and actions and activities that constitute breach of peace and contrary to public order.

Movement has been restricted in the state on Wednesday, September 28 in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Act.

However, the state government has declared Tuesday, September 27 and the election day work free days to enable voters travel to their voting wards.

The electoral body has on Monday taken delivery of sensitive materials for the election, but heavy rain affected the distribution of the materials to the local councils.

Materials would be distributed to the 18 local government areas of Edo State.

Nineteen political parties are contesting in the election to produce a successor for Governor Adams Oshiomhole of the All Progressives Congress.

It is few days to the election that was shifted by the INEC after security agencies issued security alerts, advising the electoral body to postpone the election.

Edo Election: Deluge Hampers INEC’s Distribution Of Sensitive Materials

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A van delivering election materials to INEC office

Heavy rain in the capital city of Edo State, Benin City, has hampered the planned distribution of sensitive materials for the State’s governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The electoral body had planned to begin distribution of the materials to local councils on Monday ahead of the election, but that plan was affected by heavy rain that started in the morning.

Although the rain did not stop the Central Bank of Nigeria from delivering the materials to the office of the electoral body, INEC had to wait for the rain to subside before distributions would begin.

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Officials of the electoral body sort sensitive materials for distribution

However, while they await for an end to the rain, officials of the electoral body engaged in sorting of the materials under the watch of party agents.

Materials would be distributed to the 18 local government areas of Edo State.

Nineteen political parties are contesting in the election to produce a successor for Governor Adams Oshiomhole of the All Progressives Congress.

It is few days to the election that was shifted by the INEC after security agencies issued security alerts, advising the electoral body to postpone the election.

Security has been beefed up ahead of the Wednesday election to ensure the safety of lives and property.

Ahead of the election, the state government had declared Tuesday, September 27 and Wednesday work free days, saying itw would enable the residents travel to their places of registration to take part in the elections.

Edo Election: Government Amends Public Holiday Announcement

Edo Election The Edo State government has exempted banks and corporate organisations from the public holiday declared for Tuesday, September 27.

Governor Adams Oshiomhole had on Saturday declared Tuesday, September 27 and Wednesday, September 28 work-free-days.

The public holiday was declared to enable voters in the state travel to their various locations and exercise their voting rights on Wednesday, September 28.

However, banks and corporate community are now exempted from the public holiday on Tuesday, September 27, in order not to slow down the economy of the state.

In a statement, the state government stressed that the public holiday on Wednesday, September 28, would affects everyone in the state.

It said movement would be restricted on the election day in accordance with the Electoral Act.

Political parties in the state are finalising campaigns ahead of the election to choose a successor for Governor Oshiomhole who is a member of the All Progressives Congress.

Nineteen candidates of different political parties are contesting in the election that will hold on Wednesday.