- INEC has lifted the ban on political campaigns ahead of the Edo gubernatorial election
- Timidi Wariowei, INEC head of voter education in Edo state, revealed this
- According to Wariowei, campaigns officially began in Edo state on Sunday, June 21
Ahead of the governorship election in Edo state, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said the ban on campaigns by political parties has been lifted.
This was disclosed by Timidi Wariowei, INEC head of voter education in Edo, to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin.
According to Wariowei, campaigns officially commenced in the state on June 21 which is 90 days to election day.
He went on to add that that the non-sensitive materials the electoral commission had taken delivery of have been distributed to the 18 local government areas of Edo state.
The head of voter education also noted that as at 2019, the total number of registered voters in Edo was 2,210,534, while uncollected PVCs were 483,868.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that INEC on Thursday, July 2, displayed the forms of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Governor Godwin Obaseki, and 13 others at its annex office.
INEC’s notice board at the annex office, showed that Obaseki filled West African School Leaving Certificate, 1973 and Bachelor of Arts (B.A. Hons.), 1979, as his qualifications.
Obaseki would slug it out on September 19, with the standard-bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and others in what is popularly referred to as a rematch, to elect a new governor.
In a related development, the governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, revealed the alleged reason why Pastor Ize-Iyamu lost to Governor Obaseki in the 2016 governorship election in Edo state.
Recall that Ize-Iyamu contested on the platform of the PDP against Obaseki who was the APC candidate in 2016.
The table has, however, turned as Ize-Iyamu is now the APC governorship candidate while Obaseki has also emerged the candidate of the PDP.
Governor Wike, one of the PDP governors who facilitated Obaseki's defection to the party, said on Wednesday, July 1, that Ize-Iyamu was rejected by the people of Edo state because they saw he would not be a good governor.
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