- Former VP Atiku has urged the people of Edo state to vote for Governor Obaseki
- The former PDP presidential candidate also appealed to the voters to ensure they defend their votes
- The Edo state governorship election is scheduled to be held on Saturday, September 19
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Nigeria's former vice president and chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has urged the people of Edo state to vote massively for Governor Godwin Obaseki in the September 19 governorship election.
"I urge all duly registered voters of conscience and who truly care about the wellbeing of Edo to turn out enmasse to cast and defend their vote for Governor Obaseki," the former PDP presidential candidate said in a thread of tweets on Tuesday, September 15.
Governor Obaseki who is seeking a second term bid on the platform of the PDP is set to face a tough electoral battle with the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
"The democracy that we enjoy today was bought at a great price. We can only deepen and sustain it by respecting the sanctity of the ballot and necessary review of our electoral processes.
"As the great people of Edo State go to the polls to elect their governor this weekend, they need to be provided with a secured environment to cast their votes and be assured that their votes will count," Atiku added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Nigeria Police held a meeting with stakeholders in Benin city on Monday, September 14 ahead of the Edo state governorship election.
The meeting was part of preparations towards the smooth conduct of the exercise on Saturday, September 19.
INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu were in attendance.
In another report, Primate Elijah Ayodele has predicted that Governor Obaseki will win the Edo poll because he is "God's project."
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Legit TV in Lagos, the INRI Spiritual Evangelical Ministry founder emphasised that the Edo governor will win the election should there not be manipulation.
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