- A poll by Ripples Nigeria suggests Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is leading in a virtual contest with Governor Godwin Obaseki
- 48 per cent of respondents said they will vote for Ize-Iyamu while 46 per cent picked Obaseki
- It is, however, not clear if the respondents are residents of Edo state
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The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the September 19 gubernatorial election in Edo state, is reportedly leading Governor Godwin Obaseki, the flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in an online poll conducted by Ripples Nigeria.
The online poll has 4,292 votes as at 7:14 pm on Wednesday, July 22.
In the result, 48 per cent of respondents said they will vote for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu while 46 per cent picked Obaseki.
Five per cent of the respondents picked other candidates aside the two main challengers.
Reacting to the result, John Mayaki, the chairman of the Edo state APC media campaign council, said the poll was sponsored by Governor Godwin Obaseki to test his might.
Online polls are part of measures to gather data ahead of a major election in Nigeria and beyond.
It is not clear if they are a reflection on the realities on ground, especially as it is not certain if the respondents are residents of Edo state.
However, the Obaseki camp is yet to react to the result of the poll.
Meanwhile, the APC has instituted a case of certificate forgery and perjury against Governor Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, at a Federal High Court in Benin city, the state capital.
The APC and one of its members, Edobor Williams, instituted the cases, asking the court to disqualify the governor and his deputy from participating in the election scheduled for Saturday, September 19.
In two separate suits, the plaintiffs want the court to stop Obaseki and Shaibu from participating in the election for allegedly lying on oath and submitting false documents to the Independent National Electoral Commission.
In a related development, a group, New Nigeria Collective (NNC) has accused Governor Obaseki of running his government based on lies.
According to the group, Governor Obaseki is best known for hounding opponents who refuse to support his government.
In a press statement sent to journalists on Wednesday, July 22 and signed by its chairman, Adeola Adewunmi, the group also accused the governor of making several attempts to intimidate one of the respected men in Edo state, Captain Hosa Okunbor.
Another group, South-South Emerging Leaders' Forum (SELF), has alleged that there is a plot by some highly placed politicians to rig the 2023 general elections, beginning with the forthcoming Edo state governorship poll.
The forum in a statement sent to journalists on Wednesday, July 8, by its convener, Barrister Preye Wilson, alleged that the arrowhead of the plot has commenced moves aimed at compromising the Independent National Electoral Commission as the first step of the plan.
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