#Edodecides2020: Edo Election Live Updates And Breaking News For Today

#Edodecides2020: Edo Election Live Updates And Breaking News For Today.

Edo Election Live Updates And Situation Reports can be assessed below. Stay updated with the latest happenings in the ongoing Edo 2020 election on this post as our reporters will be updating this page frequently.

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Heavy security at the INEC Headquarters Benin, Edo State. 

Voters not ‘social distancing’ – ECES

The European Centre for Electoral Support, on Saturday said voters in Ologbosere primary school, ward 4 with 40 units and other polling units they visited were not observing the COVID-19 guidelines as stipulated in the INEC policy.

Mr Wilson Manji, the deputy project coordinator, said although the voters were all wearing face masks but they did not maintain social distancing.

“So far the election is going smoothly and calm. We are at Ologbosere primary in Ikpoba-Okha local government area of the state.

“So far everything is peaceful and calm here. Just that the INEC staff just arrived at about 10a.m. and accreditation and voting started at about 10.30a.m. instead of 8.30a.m,” he said.

According to him, the polling officers came with hand sanitisers and thermometers to check the temperature of every voter. (NAN)

 

 

The drama started when an unidentified man at Oredo Ward 4, Benin City, attempted to disrupt the voting process in Unit 19.

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Edo deputy governor, Shaibu votes

Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu has voted at his polling unit.

Voter at Unit 003, Ward 10, Uluoke/Ayaoghena, Etsako West LGA

At Akoko Edo LG, Ward 1, PU 09, party agents cajole voters

 

Voters row at PU 14, Ward 9, Orhiomwon LGA

APC deputy gov candidate Gani Audu votes

 

 

Obaseki, wife queue to vote

Obaseki, wife queue to vote

Chukwudi Akasike: Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his wife, Betsy, in the queue and ready for accreditation and voting at Oredo, Ward 4 in Benin City.

Oshiomhole briefs journalists

Saheed Olugbon: Adams Oshiomhole briefing journalist after casting his vote at Polling unit – 001, Ward 10, Iyamho, Etsako West LGA

Obaseki yet to arrive polling unit

 

As of 10am, the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has yet to arrive at his polling unit in Emokpae Model Primary School, Oredo, Benin City.

The situation is causing a crowd build-up at the polling unit, as some of the electorate who had voted decided to stay behind in other to see the governor.

Adams Oshiomhole voting at Unit 001, Ward 10, Iyamho, Etsako West LGA

APC candidate, Ize-Iyamu votes, expesses confidence of winning

 

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has just cast his vote.

He voted at exactly 9:30am at polling unit 26, ward 5 in Iguododo community, Orionhwon Local Government Area

He expressed the confidence that he would win the poll if the peaceful situation at his unit was the same everywhere.

Watch Below: Quarrel Over Sharing Of Money At Unit 28

 

APC candidate, Ize-Iyamu votes, expresses confidence of winning

 

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has just cast his vote.

 

He voted at exactly 9:30am at polling unit 26, ward 5 in Iguododo community, Orionhwon Local Government Area

 

He expressed the confidence that he would win the poll if the peaceful situation at his unit was the same everywhere.

APC candidate Ize-Iyanmu votes

 

A visually impaired Andurah man gets set to vote at Ward 4, Unit 20, Oredo LGA at 9.08am.

Former APC chair, Adams Oshiomhole’s name at his PU

Former chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole’s name at Polling unit – 001, Ward 10, Iyamho, Etsako West LGA.

 

COVID-19: Safety guidelines for voting

Voters, security agents arrive at Oshiomhole’s polling unit

No fewer than 19 security agents, including police and NSCDC, observed at Adams Oshiomhole’s polling unit – Unit 001, Ward 10, Iyamho, Etsako West LGA

Polling units 002, 003 & 004 in Ovia Southwest LG ready for voters

Report from Orhionmwon LGA, Ward 1, Polling units 5 & 6

 

 

PHOTOS: Edo Voters Not Observing Social Distancing

Voters Not Observing Social Distancing in the ongoing Edo gubernatorial election, CityNews Nigeria reports!

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PHOTOS: Edo Voters Not Observing Social Distancing

Only 1.7 Million Will Vote In Edo Election Out Of Over 2 Million

The Governorship election in Edo State will see no fewer than 1.72 million people vote in the September 19 election out of over 2 million registered voters.

CityNews Nigeria understands that 483,796 ineligible voters will not participate in the Saturday election.

This is according to the document released by the Independent National Electoral Commission titled, ‘Delimitation of Edo State’.

The document shows that the identified ineligible voters in Edo failed to collect their Permanent Voter Cards.

The document also disclosed that as of August 2018 there are 2,210,534 registered voters in the state.

However, only 1,726,738 collected their PVCs.

INEC also disclosed that the election will hold in 18 Local Government Areas, 192 Wards, and 2,627 polling units.

A further breakdown of the registered voters shows that male accounts for 1,159,325 (representing 52 per cent), while 1,051,209 (48 percent) are female.

Similarly, from the total registered voters, the youth (18 – 35 years) account for 50 per cent (1,105,338); Middle Aged (36 – 50 years), 29.1 per cent (643,551); and Elderly (51 – 70 years) has 15.99 per cent (353,508).

Eligible voters classified as the Old (70 years and above) account for 4.89 per cent (108,137).

According to the number of collected PVCs, Oredo zone has 240,197; Ikpoba-Okha, 214,882; Egor, 158,817; Etsako West, 128,188 and Akoko Edo, 115,343.

Further distribution of registered voters in the three senatorial districts of the state shows that Edo South has the highest figure of 1,281,414; the North with 564,122; and Central senatorial district has 364,998.

Edo South has seven council areas, the North has six, while Central has five Local Government Areas.

#EdoDecides2020: Police Anti-Bomb Experts Sweep Voting, Collation Centres

 

As Edo people prepare to go to the polls in less than 12hrs, the police have deployed anti-bomb experts to sweep voting and collation centres for possible explosive devices that could mar the exercise.

CityNews Nigeria reports that the police detective experts, according to the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) in charge of security for the election, Adeleye Oyebade, were all over the state working to prevent anything untoward from happening.

 

The DIG gave this assurance during an interview with newsmen at the Command Headquarters in Benin City where he reiterated their readiness to protect the lives and properties of all election stakeholders.

Oyebade revealed that the police started preparing for the election some months ago and were able to identify black spots based on risk assessment conducted.

 

He said there would be simultaneous ground, water and air operations in order to share active intelligence in real-time for suspicious elements to be apprehended.

Asked how the police intend to secure the waterways from thugs and militants who might be smuggled in by politicians, Oyebade said the Marine Police and Nigerian Navy (NN) personnel were already collaborating on that.

He said: “The possibility of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) or other explosives were part of our risk assessment and we have taken steps to ensure no such thing happens. We have technical platforms that we do not discuss how they operate.

“Our bomb disposal experts are all over the state. They have done and are doing what is required of them to ensure we have one of the best outings.

“For an election like this, we know that people might want to come in from neighbouring states to forment trouble or do things that might mar the exercise. So, we have our different levels of condoning to address that.

“All adjoining states will be properly policed both exit and entry points. We are also looking at our security on the waterway. The marine police and naval personnel are collaborating in that direction. We will also from the air space do a lot of surveillance to identify possible clandestine gatherings that might be inimical to the success of the election.

“We have been going round telling the people the importance of their coming out and the fact that police will always protect lives and properties before, during and after the elections.”

Asked the number of arrests made and small arms mopped up, Oyebade said the police do not want to make news of such issues but would rather prosecute apprehended persons diligently in court.

“On those that have been arrested even before now, we wouldn’t want to start making news about it. But the arrests have doused the tension some more. Some arrests were made two weeks ago and we are using the legal instrument, evidential requirements to ensure proper prosecution.

“We have strategies in place to prevent vote buying. We are trying to be proactive by telling them that whosoever is caught engaging in vote buying or selling will face the law. The law is explicit and unambiguous about this and we will make sure to use it to address those caught.

“We are collaborating with relevant sister agencies in the area of vote buying and they will be planted covertly at polling units. So, if you are soliciting for votes, you might not know the next person standing by you is a plain clothed agent and you will be arrested,” said Oyebade.

Warning actors to play by the rules, the DIG said the police would not shy away from their responsibility of diligently prosecuting anyone found to have breached any provision of the Electoral Act.

“We are stressing all the guidelines given out because we are going to enforce them. The basic thing is that people are getting to know that our coming is not to intimidate but to dominate and change the psyche of the electorates to the fact that with police presence, they can come out and cast their votes.

“Also, the COVID-19 guidelines will be respected in this election. By and large, the tension has calmed down with the intervention of the Oba of Benin.

“The peace accord that was signed emphasised accountability and responsibility. If the gladiators at that level have signed and they know the implication of signing, they have to abide by the letters and spirit of that document.

“The content speaks about them being mature, respecting the rule of law and ensuring their supporters do not take the law into their hands. So, if at that level we have been able to tell them they will be held accountable and they endorsed their signature; there is a lot of responsibility on their soldiers and that will cascade down to the least person.

“We expect that all of these will bring out decency and discipline into the whole exercise,” he said.

On the welfare of the over 30,000 policemen deployed for the election, Oyebade said the IG, Mohammed Adamu provided all necessary welfare arrangements for them, adding that they were expected to give their best and be professional.

“The morale is high. The IGP made available all necessary welfare benefits and so, we expect that officers and men deployed for this assignment will be professional.

“We will be humane, courteous, respect the rule of law and human rights of electorates. We will protect electoral materials, INEC officials, observers and the press. In doing all of these, we are going to be firm.

“So, when decisions are going to be taken, we will fall back to the provisions of the Electoral Act. We will use the Act against anyone who breaches any provision. What we expect is for everyone to come and do the right thing.

“The message is clear: electorates should come out and cast their votes. If there are any challenges, they should reach us on 08154352118 on calls and if they see and record certain things, they should use their WhatsApp facility to forward to us on 08154350436. They can still use this number for SMS.

“We want them to see this as a partnership and understand that the community policing we have been talking about is already in practice. We should take this election as part of opportunity to contribute.

“There ought to be sacrifice and that is why we are appealing to people to respect the restriction between 11:59pm tonight and 6pm on Saturday. Collectively, we can have a credible, free, fair, inclusive election and acceptable result at the end of the day,” said Oyebade.

PHOTO: Security operatives patrol Benin

#EdoDecides2020: Meet All The Candidates Here (Full List)

#EdoDecides2020: Meet All The Candidates in the Saturday Edo Poll. 

  1. AA –              Edemakhiota Godwin Osaimiamia
  2. ADC –              Mabel Akomu Oboh
  3. ADP –              Ibio Lucky Emmanuel
  4. APC –              Osagie Andrew Ize-Iyamu
  5. APGA –              Lucky Osagie Idehen

 

  1. APM –              Ighineweka Osamuede
  2. APP –              Amos Osalumese Areloegbe
  3. LP –              Osifo Ohun-Ekpenma Isaiah
  4. NNPP –              Agol Ebun Tracy
  1. NRM –              Steve Nash Ozono
  2. PDP –              Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki
  3. SDP –              Felix Ikezor Obayangbon
  1. YPP –              Jones Osa Giobare
  2. ZLP –              Akhalamhe Amiemenogbena

Edo 2020: Total Voters Population

 

Edo Election Voters Population can be assessed below. 

Edo South

  • Oredo

Registered voters  – 313,553

PVCs collected  – 240,197

  • Ikpoba/Okha

Registered voters  – 315,410

PVCs collected  – 214,822

  • Egor

Registered voters  – 219,832

PVCs collected – 158,817

  • Ovia Northeast

Registered voters  – 143,009

PVCs collected – 113,167

  • Ovia Southwest

Registered voters  – 96,409

PVCs collected – 77,468

  • Orhiomwon

Registered voters – 118,672;

PVCs collected – 102,739

  • Uhunmwode

Registered voters  – 74,529

PVCs collected  – 57,290

Edo North

  • Etsako West

Registered voters – 160,137

PVCs collected – 128,188

  • Etsako East

Registered voters – 81,639

PVCs collected  – 67,715

  • Etsako Central

Registered voters – 84,245;

PVCs collected – 42,042

  • Akoko Edo

Registered voters – 119,254;

PVCs collected – 115,343

  • Owan West

Registered voters – 61,193;

PVCs collected  – 46,245

  • Owan East

Registered voters – 91,841

PVCs collected – 77,827

Edo Central

  • Esan West

Registered voters – 99,983

PVCs collected  – 83,467

  • Esan Central:

Registered voters  – 50,058;

PVCs collected – 42,042

  • Esan Northeast

Registered voters – 84,245;

PVCs collected  – 66,790

  • Esan Southeast

Registered voters – 76,842;

PVCs collected  – 58,802

  • Igueben

Registered voters – 46,828

PVCs collected  – 34,988

Benin City In Festive Mood Ahead Of Edo Guber Poll

 

Barely 24 hours to the governorship election in Edo, the atmosphere on the streets in Benin City, the state capital, is electric.

 

Security has been deployed in several parts of the city ahead of the contest.

It is evident that an important event is impending.

For instance, the road that leads to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), where the sensitive materials that would be used for the election are being kept, has been cordoned off with traffic restricted to one part of the road.

These developments, in addition to increasing floods caused by torrential rainfall in the city, has led to heavy traffic in different parts of the city.

On Wednesday evening, a group of women spotting a uniform made from ankara fabric, were seen along Federal Avenue, GRA, Benin City, carrying bags with the logo of a particular political party.

One of the passers-by on the street said they had just been mobilised to go out and canvass for votes in their respective areas.

 

There is heavy vehicular movement on major roads in the capital city, particularly the Airport Road with the increasing influx of people into the state for the election.

IGP Orders 12-Hour Vehicular Restrictions In Edo

Nigeria Police Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu has ordered for 12-hour vehicular restrictions in the state ahead of the Saturday poll.

CityNews Nigeria  reports that there will be no vehicular movement from 11:59 pm on Friday to 6 pm on Saturday in Edo, the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu has directed.

According to the Police Boss, the restriction was aimed at ensuring public order and safety during Saturday’s governorship elections in the state.

 

According to a statement by spokesman, Frank Mba, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), the order followed the need to prevent the free flow, circulation and use of illicit arms and hard drugs.

He said it will also checkmate the movement of political thugs, touts and other criminally-minded individuals especially from contiguous states who may want to hijack and disrupt the electoral process.

The IG, Mba said, enjoined citizens to go out en-masse on the day of the election and vote, noting that the police and other security agencies have been sufficiently mobilised to provide a safe, secure and conducive environment for the election.

“While regretting any inconveniences the restriction order may cause the citizens, the IG enjoins the citizens to see the restriction as part of necessary sacrifices towards the enthronement of democracy.

“He however warns that the Force will not sit idly-by and watch citizens who may want to engage in any criminal act- violent and destructive acts, snatching of ballot boxes, vote buying, vote selling, hate speeches, and other act(s) capable of compromising the electoral processes,” said Mba.

Registered Voters, PVC Collection By LGAs

Edo South is the dominant district in terms of registered voters and PVC collection.

The district has 1,281,414 registered voters, according to YIAGA, quoting INEC figures. In the zone, 78.1 per cent of the PVCs have been collected.

Conversely Edo North has 564,122 registered voters; 84 per cent of the PVCs have been collected.

In Edo Central, the total registered voters are 364,998; out of which 74.4 per cent have been collected.

Below is the breakdown:

Edo South

Oredo:

Registered voters 313,553;

PVCs collected 240,197

Ikpoba/Okha:

Registered voters 315,410;

PVCs collected 214,822

Egor:

Registered voters 219,832;

PVCs collected 158,817

Ovia Northeast:

Registered voters 143,009;

PVCs collected 113,167

Ovia Southwest:

Registered voters 96,409;

PVCs collected 77,468

Orhiomwon:

Registered voters 118,672;

PVCs collected 102,739

Uhunmwode:

Registered voters 74,529;

PVCs collected 57,290

Edo North

Etsako West:

Registered voters 160,137;

PVCs collected 128,188

Etsako East:

Registered voters 81,639;

PVCs collected 67,715

Etsako Central:

Registered voters 84,245;

PVCs collected 42,042

Akoko Edo:

Registered voters 119,254;

PVCs collected 115,343

Owan West:

Registered voters 61,193;

PVCs collected 46,245

Owan East:

Registered voters 91,841;

PVCs collected 77,827

Edo Central

Esan West:

Registered voters 99,983;

PVCs collected 83,467

Esan Central:

Registered voters 50,058;

PVCs collected 42,042

Esan Northeast:

Registered voters 84,245;

PVCs collected 66,790

Esan Southeast:

Registered voters 76,842;

PVCs collected 58,802

Igueben:

Registered voters 46,828;

PVCs collected 34,988

Edo Polls: INEC Distributes Sensitive Materials To Lgas 

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Thursday commenced the distribution of sensitive electoral materials to the 18 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Edo State.

The materials which were housed at the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN), Benin City, began early afternoon with the farthest LGA.

Addressing reporters at the CBN premises, INEC’s head of voter education and publicity, Timidi Wariowei, said the exercise commenced with the farthest LGAs, adding that 11 LGs have so far been distributed.

“We started from Akoko-Edo, Etsako Central, Owan East and Owan West among others. Some have gone and others are completely loaded and are sorting out their security escort. Very soon materials will move to all the local governments,” he said.

He said from the LGs, the materials will move to Registration Areas Centres (RACs) and from the RACs they would move to the polling units and voting points on Saturday morning.

Wariowei said he was satisfied at the preparation by INEC, adding that the commission was fully ready for the elections on Saturday.

 

Police, Soldiers Patrol Benin In Show Of Force

In an apparent show of force, security agencies on Thursday patrolled the nooks and crannies of Edo State displaying the array of weapons and personnel deployed for the exercise.

A security convoy led by the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) in charge of security for the polls combed various parts of Edo South, stopping at intervals to assure the people of their safety.

Our reporters observed several Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) carrying armed military and police operatives, armoured tanks, hilux vehicles and buses filled with security agents touring different parts of the metropolis, while road blocks are mounted in strategic areas with the police searching vehicles for possible exhibits.

Already, some of the 31,000 cops deployed for the election by the Inspector General of Police (IG) Mohammed Adamu have been deployed to the hinterland and riverine communities to prevent thugs from wreaking havoc.

It was gathered that a Commissioner of Police (CP) was deployed to each of the identified strongholds to coordinate security activities and report to the DIG while bulk of the security forces would man Oredo, Egor and Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Areas (LGAs), which are considered to have the highest number of voters.

Addressing the joint security patrols, DIG Oyebade said he was happy they received timely information and acted on same to prevent unpleasant situations.

Although he did not give further details about it, the DIG warned politicians having clandestine meetings to disrupt the electoral processes to desist or face the wrath of the law.

He said: “We have some information and were able to get it early. So, we will continue the show of force across all the senatorial districts.

“I am using this opportunity to sound note of warning to those of them holding clandestine meetings; all those that think they can do and undo to make this election a fallacy will not be allowed.

“The reason behind this operation is that we must work together as a team because we are members of the same family. When you see yourself in the NSCDC, the navy, army, Airforce or police; we have a common goal.

“That common goal is to ensure a free, fair and credible election and to protect lives and properties of the electorates.

“The second reason is to send signal to the bad boys. That wherever they are, we will fish them out and we are ready.

“Also, we are telling the electorates they are safe. That they should feel free and come out on the day of the election.

“Most people sometimes do not read our intention clearly. Showing of force is not to intimidate members of the public, rather it is to reassure them we are ready to protect them and to respect the fundamental rights of the citizens before, during and after the election.”

Continuing, Oyebade urged the security agents to remain professional. He said they must be fair but tough, adding that they must ensure no loss of lives.

“We know that we must be professional. When you are doing your job, do it with all fairness. We do not want to lose anybody.

“We will be fair and at the same time tough. That is the message and I can assure you that the Inspector General of Police (IG) sent you to protect lives and properties.

“It is when you are alive that you can be responsible to protect lives and property. So, you go back and continue to do your work. We appreciate you and the synergy must continue. The Nigeria Police as the lead agency in election duties will always work in collaboration and with corporation of other security agencies so that together we can achieve the target,” he said.

Aside the show of force and road blocks, there were also heavy police presence at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) temporary office along Sapele Road as well as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) office in Benin where accreditation and distribution of electoral materials were going on respectively.

At the INEC office, observers who spoke to our reporters said they were satisfied with the processes thus far, adding that the INEC officials have been approachable and accessible.
An observer with CLEEN Foundation, Mrs. Blessing Emoron said they were hopeful the election would be peaceful.

She said the security agents have been trained to avoid indiscriminate use of firearms, adding that they have so far conducted themselves creditably.
“I have not really seen anything that I can term to be out of place. I think everything that they are doing is just to be prepared. As an observer, I have been well equipped to know what to do, when to do it and how to do it.

“My advice to every observer, when you are there observing, let’s know our roles, we are not security agents, let us not try to mediate in fight. We are not police. Let’s know our place and stay in our place.

“We are to observe the conduct of security personnel, observe the conduct of INEC personnel and even the voters. That’s what we are really to do. We are not supposed to be a judge, to stick your legs out, to do what is not your business to avoid being attacked.”

 

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