Edo state’s gubernatorial elections were held Wednesday, September 28. Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Osagie Ize-Iyamu and All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate Godwin Obaseki remain in close contention. Official election results are yet to be released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
On election day there were questions about security and accusations from both parties about rigging polls. While members of the PDP and APC have accused the independent commission of ballot tampering.
Elections were scheduled for September 10 but were cancelled due to security concerns. Yesterday’s rescheduled elections came with “a strong security cordon, 25,000 policeman were deployed around the state,” according to Vanguard newspaper.
There are varying accounts from the INEC about theft at polling stations. As reported by The Punch newspaper today:
INEC Deputy Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Nick Dazang, said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday:
“I just called Mr. Solomon Soyebi, who is the National Commissioner supervising the election, and he has denied the allegation of gunshots and ballot box snatching at Opoji in the Esan North-East Local Government Area of the state,” Dazang said.
But INEC Electoral Officer in the Esan West Local Government Area of the state, Lebari Nduh, confirmed that hoodlums snatched a ballot box in Ward 7 Unit 11 during voting.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Edo state, Sam Olumekun, said collation of results would begin on Thursday.
Chief Press Secretary for the INEC posted on his Twitter account today, “It is impossible for INEC to change any election result. Our processes are strong.