Residents March To The Poll For #EdoDecides2020.
Electorates in Edo State will on Saturday, September 19, 2020 go to the polls, to choose their governor for the next four years.
The battle of who emerges governor of the State is clearly between incumbent Governor, Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu has the backing of the former Governor of the State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, who is the immediate past National Chairman of the APC.
There have been reports of violence and killings with continued clashes between supporters of the two leading political parties ahead of the Saturday’s election.
Follow this thread for updates of results and incidents from different polling units in the State.
Edo decides: PDP, Obaseki sourcing materials for election petition tribunal – APC alleges
The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State has claimed that panic has befallen the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) camp.
According to the APC, the PDP and its candidate in the ongoing election have reportedly started to perceive defeat at the polls.
The APC, in a statement signed by Prince John Mayaki, Chairman, Edo State APC Media Campaign Council, claimed that sources close to the party say that Governor Godwin Obaseki is furious with some of his thugs for not wreaking violence despite the presence of armed forces.
The statement sent to DAILY POST quoted the source as saying that “Obaseki was not joking when he said a ‘second term is non-negotiable.’ You know Rivers State governor (Wike) has connections in the judiciary, along with Peter Odili. They already know they won’t win so they are planning how they will get the courts to turn the election on its head.
“He has already posted cameramen and different people to gather materials which he will use as evidence. But he has also gathered people that are very good at video editing so that they can doctor the evidence.
“The only way to counter that is if pressmen from media houses can be there. Otherwise, they will edit the videos and tender it as evidence at the tribunal.”
The party quoted its source to have also disclosed that Edo State Deputy Governor, Phillip Shaibu, who was protested against by the people of Jattu in Etsako West on Thursday, had instructed some spies not to decamp from the APC as they would serve as witnesses when the time comes. They plan to suborn the party by giving false testimonies.
Edo Decides: Voters resist, descend on ballot box snatcher [VIDEO]
Voters on Saturday resisted and descended on a man trying to snatch a ballot box in one of the Polling Units in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State.
Edo electorates are currently casting their votes to determine who leads the state in the next four years.
In the video clip obtained by DAILY POST, the angry voters were seen confronting the alleged ballot box snatcher as he tried to whisk the electoral material away
It is not clear yet if the ballot box snatcher is working for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP or the All Progressives Congress, APC.
BREAKING: I’m Disappointed In INEC –Obaseki
Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Saturday expressed disappointment over the conduct of the ongoing governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission in the state.
Obaseki while speaking with journalists after casting his vote at Polling Unit 19, Ward 4, Oredo Local Government Area, said he stayed for over one and half hour on the queue because the card reader was slow.
The governor said he expected better planning by the electoral commission.
“I expected that INEC would have prepared better for this election. I waited for one and half hour on the queue before exercising my franchise, it’s a bit disappointing.
“Giving that this is a sole day election, I expected better planning for this election. Card readers were very slow and that’s the situation everywhere.”
PHOTOS: Governor Obaseki Votes At His Polling Unit
PHOTOS: Governor Obaseki Votes At His Polling Unit
Policemen Deployed To Edo Grumble Over Non-payment Of Election Duty Allowance
Policemen deployed from other states to Edo for Saturday’s (today) governorship election are grumbling over alleged refusal of the authorities to pay their allowances.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had on Monday said the security agency deployed 31,000 police personnel to the state.
Some of the policemen, who spoke with SaharaReporters on Saturday, appealed to Adamu to intervene in the matter.
“I don’t even have money to go back to Lagos tomorrow. Imagine no provision for us to go back to our base.
“I heard N50,000 has been approved for those in my rank but I am yet to receive alert. Though some have received theirs,” one of them told SaharaReporters.
Another one said, “We are currently risking our lives to ensure adequate security during this election but it’s sad that we don’t have anything in our bank accounts. Just few of us have been paid.”
Tension over allege vote buying in Gov. Obaseki’s PU
Tale of vote buying flying all over the place within the Emokpae Model Primary on Mission Road, where Governor Obaseki is waiting to vote.
A lot of aggrieved persons are protesting the development.
This is the case for the two major parties; a prospective voter who does want to be quoted said she will collect the money and vote for the candidate of her choice.
80-year-old Madam Martina Obayaku sets to vote at Gov Obaseki’s PU
Voters row at PU 14, Ward 9, Orhiomwon LGA
Edo Decides: APC, PDP youths clash over alleged money-sharing [Video]
Supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) clashed Saturday morning in Edo.
It was alleged that some APC youths attempted to share money but were resisted by their PDP counterparts.
The incident occurred at a polling unit in Oredo Local Government Area.
The footage of the incident shows members of the opposing camps rough handling one another.
Comments in the background suggest that the cause of the fight was money.
Only one policeman can be seen trying to control the situation.
Information teachingo me have it that these miscreants APC demons tried to share money at Oredo LGA, but were disrupted by PDP agents on ground and Edo people scattered the money. I love the good people of Edo State. #Protectyourvotes pic.twitter.com/v6gkpNiPCx— Unu Amaro Kam Siri Kwado (@AfamDeluxo) September 19, 2020
Voters scramble for cash as APC leaders allegedly share money [VIDEO]
Suspected All Progressives Congress, APC, leaders in Esan West Local Government Area, LGA, were on Saturday caught throwing money at some group of voters, mostly women.
Voters at polling units 9, 10, 11, in Ward 4, Esan West electorate were seen fighting over the cash.
DAILY POST understands that the money was brought in by party leaders as a way of swaying the voters to vote for the party.
However, their aim of buying votes at the units was unsuccessful.
BREAKING: Obaseki’s Thugs Chase Party Agents Of Other Political Parties From Polling Unit
Thugs loyal to Obaseki and the Peoples Democratic Party chasing party agents of other political parties away from the polling unit where Obaseki is to vote.
The governor, who is on the queue watches on as his thugs carry out the acts.
Voting has started at unit 26, Iguododo Primary School Ward 5 Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo State at 8:53 am.
Iguododo unit 26 is the polling unit of the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Election observers are on ground monitoring the process. (AIT)