- INEC has set the ball rolling for the Edo guber election as it announced party candidates
- The electoral umpire announced that thirteen (13) male candidates and one female will participate in the election
- Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Godwin Obaseki were duly recognised as the flagbearers of their political parties respectively
Preparation is ongoing for the forthcoming election in Edo as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released the list of party candidates vying for the seat of Edo government house.
The electoral body, in a tweet on Tuesday, June 30, recognised both Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Governor Godwin Obaseki as the flagbearers of their respective parties.
Legit.ng recalls that after a tough race highlighted by lawsuits and counter-lawsuits, Governor Obaseki clinched the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Pastor Ize-Iyamu, on the other hands, rode to victory as he won the All Progressive Congress (APC) primary election in style after Obaseki's exit from the party.
Reeling out the names of the party flagbearers, INEC announced Philips Shaibu as the running mate of the Edo governor and Audu Abudu Ganyu as Ize-Yamu's running mate.
The electoral commission also announced that 14 political parties will be vying for the soul of Edo state come September.
INEC also disclosed that thirteen of the candidates submitted are male while one is female with no person with disabilities.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that INEC raised an eyebrow against conflicting court verdicts and litigations that have characterised the pre-governorship election in Edo state.
Speaking on Tuesday, June 23, ahead of the poll slated for September, INEC commissioner, Festus Okoye, said the lawsuits and ploys are capable of disrupting the smooth conduct of the election and the parties' primaries.
Okoye spoke on the heels of the Edo high court's injunction which restrained the PDP from disqualifying aspirants after another court sitting in Port Harcourt gave a contrary verdict on the party's primary.
In a related development, APC said it is mapped out plans to restore peace in the ruling party to enable it to win the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states as well as the 2023 general elections.
The chairman of the APC national caretaker committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state, said the party will embark on a nationwide reconciliation to restore peace and cohesion among its members.