The Police in Edo state have announced the banning of all forms of procession, rallies or demonstrations in the state.
In a statement by the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 5 headquarters in Benin City, Mr Isaac Eke, the Police explained that they have information that some people are planning to carry out illegal processions and rallies.
The command therefore warned that it would deal decisively with anyone or group that engages in any activities capable of disturbing the peaceful atmosphere in the state.
The command asked members of the public to go about their businesses without fear as security agents are ready to ensure their protection.
INEC has declared APC candidate, Mr Godwin Obaseki, winner of the Edo State governorship election which held on Wednesday, September 28.
After the collation of results from the 18 local government areas of Edo state in south-south Nigeria, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled a total of 319,483 votes while his closest rival from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Osagie Ize-Iyamu, polled 253,173 votes.
The APC won in Akoko-Edo LGA, Ikpoba-Okha, Etsako West, Etsako East, Etsako Cenral, Owan East LGA, Ovia North LGA, Oredo LGA, Uhunwomnde, Igueben LGA, Egor LGA, Owan West LGA.
The PDP won in Esan North Central, Esan West LGA, Orhionmwon LGA, Esan South East LGA, Esan North East LGA.
While the agent of the APC at the collation centre expressed satisfaction with the conduct and result of the election, describing it as the result of hard work, the PDP agent expressed strong reservation, referring to the result as a disappointment.
He subsequently refused to sign the final result sheet.
Prior to the announcement of the results on Thursday, September 29, security officials had to form a barricade outside the INEC office in Benin City.
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the government and people of Edo State on the successful conclusion of the governorship election, and the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Godwin Obaseki at the polls.
The President’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, made this known in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
“In a telephone call to Governor Adams Oshiomhole, President Buhari commended the well-articulated campaign programme of the APC in the state, the doggedness of the Governor, Governor-elect and party members in going round the state to reach the people with records of good governance over the years and a promise of continuity.
“According to the President, the outcome of the election clearly reflected the mood of the people to sustain the pedigree of responsiveness, forthrightness and diligence that Governor Oshiomhole brought into the service of his people.
“The victory is good for democracy, for Nigeria and the people of Edo State,” he said.
President Buhari said the victory was well-deserved as the campaign train, which he joined, worked hard to sell its people-centered manifesto.
He also applauded the conduct of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies, corps members and electorate in ensuring a peaceful election.
The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday released the final list of candidates that will be contesting the Edo State governorship election slated for September 10, 2016.
In a statement by the Secretary to the Commission, Mrs. Augusta C. Ogakwu, 19 political parties and their candidates have been cleared by the commission to contest the election.
The final list perhaps put to rest the controversy over who is the authentic candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party since the party was hit by leadership crisis at the national level.
On the list, INEC enlisted Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his deputy governorship candidate, Yakubu John.
The party, due to its factionalisation, held parallel primaries where Mr Mathew Iduoriyekemwen emerged in the primaries conducted by Senator Ali Modu Sheriff’s faction.
Other contenders whose names were released by INEC include, Godwin Obaseki for the All Progressives Congress (APC), Onaiwu Osaro of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Areloegbe Amos for the Labour Party.