Edo election: Obaseki trumps Ize-Iyamu 57% to 40%, emerges winner in preferred debaters’ poll

Edo election: Obaseki trumps Ize-Iyamu 57% to 40%, emerges winner in preferred debaters’ poll

- Governor Godwin Obaseki has again, won another online poll ahead of the Edo governorship election

- Obaseki, an investment banker turned politician, defeated his main rival in the forthcoming poll, Osagie Ize-Iyamu

- The poll as conducted by Channels Television in partnership with Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room

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Governor Godwin Obaseki on Tuesday, September 8 defeated the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu by over 17 points (Obaseki 57.73%; Ize-Iyamu 40.07%), in an online poll conducted by Channels Television in partnership with Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room.

While Obaseki, 61 is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ize-Iyamu, 58, is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The duo are also the leading candidates of the electoral race.

The poll, according to the organisers, was put together to enable the general public select their preferred gubernatorial candidates who are expected to feature in the station’s forthcoming debate programme.

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Edo election: Obaseki trumps Ize-Iyamu 57% to 40%, emerges winner in preferred debaters’ poll

Governor Obaseki's popularity in and out of Edo state keeps soaring. Photo credit: @GovernorObaseki
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Participants of the online poll were asked to make their choice from among the 14 candidates listed. Other notable candidates in the list include Jones Osagiobare of the Young Peoples Party and Lucky Osagie of the All Progressives Grand Alliance.

Reacting to the poll results, media aide to Governor Obaseki, Mr Crusoe Osagie, noted that “it reflects Governor Obaseki’s popularity and gives insight into the outcome of the September 19 poll.”

Meanwhile, Osagie has called on security agencies in the country to invite businessman, Captain Hosa Okunbo over the comment he made concerning the forthcoming Edo governorship election.

Osagie who said Okunbo is the sponsor of Ize-Iyamu, said: “Okunbo threatened in a widely published newspaper interview he granted journalists in Abuja, that if his 3,000 militants in the Niger Delta region get the nod from him, they would overrun Benin city.”

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The governor's aide recently lambasted Ize-Iyamu, declaring that he does not have the right temperament to govern Edo state.

“The APC candidate displayed a high level of arrogance when he refused to debate with the Edo state deputy governor, Rt Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, who was asked to stand in for Governor Godwin Obaseki, during the BBC Pidgin English Debate programme broadcast on Friday night,” Osagie said in a statement issued on Friday, September 4.

Legit.ng had previously reported that the chairman of Edo state PDP campaign council, Chief Dan Orbih, warned that any attempt to rig the forthcoming September 19 gubernatorial election in the state, would be strongly resisted by the people.

Orbih also called on the electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies to ensure a free, fair and credible poll, adding that anything short of that may trigger a chain of cataclysmic reactions, the end of which no one can predict.

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