Edo Decides 2020 – In this article, we will be sharing with you happenings and everything you need to know about the Governorship election in Edo State
Residents of Edo state on Saturday, September 19, began the process of choosing who will govern the state for the next four years.
There are 14 governorship candidates participating in the election, but the incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are believed to be the top contenders in the race.
Edo Decides 2020 – List of Candidates
INEC put the number of registered voters for the election at 2,210,534. However, 483,796 PVCs were not collected, leaving 1,726,738 voters eligible to take part in today’s election.
According to INEC’s breakdown of the eligible voters with permanent voter cards in the 18 LGAs, Akoko Edo has 115,343 voters; Egor has 158,817; Esan Central has 40,831; Esan North-East has 66,790; Esan South-East has 58,802; Esan West has 83,467; Etsako Central has 42,042; Etsako East has 67,715; Etsako West has 128,188; and Igueben has 34,988.
Others are Ikpoba/Okha with 214,822; Oredo, 240,197; Orhionmwon, 102,739; Ovia North-East, 113,167; Ovia South West, 77,468; Owan East, 77,827; Owan West, 46,245 and Uhunmwonde 57,290.
Accreditation has started in most of the polling stations while accreditation is yet to start in some because the INEC officials are still trying to address the people to coordinate themselves and use their face masks and also observe social distancing.
Party Agent Shot Dead In Esan South-East LGA
A party agent has been reported dead in Ubiaja, a community in the Esan South-East Local Government Area of Edo State.
It was unclear at the moment which party the agent belonged to, a report by The Cable, however, revealed that the agent was shot dead at the L.E.A primary school in Ubiaja town.
Naija News understands that the incident brought sorting to an abrupt stop at the PU as INEC officials with the help of police moved election materials to a police station in Ubiaja town.
Meanwhile, in an earlier report, some thugs said to be loyal to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP reportedly beat to a pulp a wife of an All Progressive Congress chairman, after she allegedly attempted to resist the thugs from hijacking electoral materials at a polling unit in Tipper Garage, Egor.
— Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (@ptcij) September 19, 2020
Gov Obaseki wins polling unit
Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won his polling unit in Oredo Ward 4, Unit 19. Obaseki polled 184 votes while Osagie Ize-Iyamu of All Progressives Congress (APC) secured 62 votes at the unit.
In Unit 21, PDP got 53 votes while the APC polled 33 votes. Obaseki’s PDP polled 70 votes but Ize-Iyamu’s APC got 65 votes. In Unit 23, it was PDP 101, APC 32.
Edo Election: Police Arrest Corper For Election Malpractice
A National Youth Service Corps member serving as an INEC ad-hoc staff has been apprehended by security operatives at Ward 4, PU 07, Ekpoma (Esan West LGA) for allegedly compromising election process.
The arrested ad-hoc staff has been taken to the police station for further questioning over the condemnable act.
Some officers of the Nigeria Police Force led by the DPO met with other INEC officials at the Polling Unit for further investigation following the arrest of the corps member.