Security operatives want Edo guber poll shifted

The Nigeria Police and State Security Service (SSS) have called for the postponement of the Edo State gubernatorial election scheduled to hold on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Edo PDP's Osagie Ize-Iyamu and APC's Godwin Obaseki

Edo Governorship: PDP’s Osagie Ize-Iyamu and APC’s Godwin Obaseki

Two major security agencies gave this advice to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday

It is, however, not clear if INEC will consider the advice.

The election is expected to be strongly fought between the candidates of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Osagie Ize-Iyamu and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Godwin Obaseki.

Political watchers believe that the security advice could stem from fillers to the outcome of a litigation filed by the leading opposition party, the PDP, which asked a court to disqualify Obaseki from contesting Saturday’s governorship election.

PDP had alleged that Mr Obaseki made false claims and provided false information on oath to the INEC.

The Chairman of the party, Dan , said at a press briefing on Tuesday in Benin that voters should not waste their votes for the APC because it party has no candidate for the election.

The renaissance reports taht APC candidate, Obaseki and INEC were joined in the suit No. FHC/B/CO/120/16 filed Sept. 1 by one Joseph Aghimien, on behalf of the PDP.

 Orbih said that Obaseki failed to fulfil the requirements of the Section 182 (I) h) in the Nigerian Constitution, which specifies the qualifications a person must have to contest the governorship of a state.

But the Publicity Secretary of the APC in the state, Godwin Erhahon, in response to the PDP’s litigation, described the action as a move by a desperate and helpless party, seeking to truncate the expected victory of the APC candidate.

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”They have a right to go to court, but they are not the ones to give the verdict,” Erhahon said.


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