“I just got off the phone with Governor Wike and he confirmed to me that 100s of policemen acting under the instructions of the IG are preventing him from leaving his hotel room and are ordering him to leave Benin. He insists that he is going nowhere so long as the APC Campaign.”
Edo state incumbent GovernorGodwin Obaseki has declared that he has no interest in anyone’s blood spilling as a result of his second term bid.
In a statement titled, “My reelection not worth spilling of blood – Obaseki’, and sent by Obaseki’s Special Assistant on Media, Crusoe Osagie, the governor said: “Ordinarily, an election is supposed to be a contest where people go to sell their ideal, and citizens in their own free will go and vote for those ideals they believe in; it shouldn’t be one where people will do anything to get power.
“Election should not be one in which we shed blood because the election will always come. If you die in an election, you will not be there in the next one to vote. So, there is no need for violence.”
Below is the list of candidates and their political parties
1. EDEMAKHIOTA GODWIN OSAIMIAMIA – AA
2. MABEL AKOMU OBOH – ADC
3. IBOI LUCKY EMMANUEL – ADP
4. OSAGIE ANDREW IZE-IYAMU – APC
5. OSAGIE LUCKY IDEHEN – APGA
6. AMOS OSALUMESE ARELOEGBE – APP
7. IGBINEWEKA OSAMUEDE – APM
8. OSIFO UHUNEKPENMA ISAIAH – LP
9. AGOL EBUN TRACY – NNPP
10. STEVIE NASH OZONO – NRM
11. GODWIN NOGHEGHASE OBASEKI – PDP
12. FELIX IZEKOR OBAYANGBON – SDP
13. OSAGIOBARE JONES – YPP
14. AKHALAMHE AMIEMENOGHENA – ZLP.
The governor of Rivers State, south-south Nigeria, Nyesom Wike, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to use the Edo State governorship election as a model for a refined electoral process.
“Let every one that loves this country ensure that the Sept. 19, 2020 election is credible, free and fair. The Police and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), should show Nigerians that they can support credible elections.
“INEC should ensure that result sheets are not in the hands of individuals. Security Agencies should not whisk away collation officers and later bring them back with cooked results. Complete manipulation of the electoral process causes violence.”
Ahead of the September 19 governorship election in Edo State, News Rain reports that the National Association of Online Security Reporters, NAOSRE, has cautioned security agents, election observers, stakeholders, and voters to play by the stipulated rules to avoid security breaches.
Arising from its general meeting on September 17, the association harped on the need for security consciousness by all the players saying that loss of life in the course of election defeats the reasons for democratic elections.
The association, therefore, calls on all concerned parties including political parties, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security operatives and the generality of Edo people to embrace peace during and after the conduct of the polls.
Speaking during the general meeting, NAOSRE’s interim President, Favour Benson said: “True peaceful, free and fair election is the only pre-requisites for democracy. Although polls have been a major source of conflict and crisis not only in Nigeria but in Africa, it will guarantee true democracy, if conducted peacefully.
“As an association, we stand by the National Peace Committee, NPC, led by a former military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar in curbing violence in the Edo state governorship election.”
The association further cautioned security agents to be professional in the discharge of their election duties.
“Security agents should be professional in the discharge of their duties in Edo and avoid undue harassment of journalists covering the elections.
“In the processes of electing our leaders, we must continue to support the law enforcement agents in various polls to provide an atmosphere that will encourage a greater turnout.
“Peace is fundamental to economic development and the reports of insecurity and violence scare away investors.
“It must be noted that every society grows in response to the socio-cultural and political environments that create it, therefore, NAOSRE urges the Edo people and indeed Nigerians to embrace true peace in the Saturday poll,” she said