- The Edo chapter of the PDP is impressed with the security deployment in the state ahead of the governorship election
- The party has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the security arrangement
- The PDP expressed optimism that with the arrangement on ground, the election will be crisis-free
The Edo chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for deploying adequate security to the state, ahead of the September 19 governorship election.
Spokesman of the party in the state, Chris Osa Nehikhare, on Tuesday, September 15 said that “the efforts so far put in place by the Buhari-led government to ensure the security and safety of Edo people, before, during and after the election, deserve commendation.”
According to Nehikhare: “With the massive deployment of men of the Nigeria Police Force, the Military, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) and other security agencies to Edo state to supervise Saturday’s election, we are confident that the election will be crisis-free.”
Legit.ng had 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 is 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 a related development, a civil society group, No Sidon Look, at the weekend, held a voter education rally in Benin city, the Edo state capital, to sensitise the electorate on the need to turn out en masse on Saturday, September 19 to exercise their franchise.
The group specifically tasked the people of Edo to vote for a candidate with the pedigree and knowledge to sustain and improve on the present level of development in the state.
The group also reaffirmed its support for the reelection of Governor Obaseki, urging eligible voters in the state to vote for the PDP to enable the governor to continue with his numerous achievements in the last three years and nine months.
Meanwhile, Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged the people of Edo state to re-elect Governor Godwin Obaseki on Saturday, September 19, saying it is in their best interest to do so.
Okowa, who is chairman of South-South Governors Forum, made the call at the PDP mega rally to bring to an end the campaign of Governor Obaseki at Samuel Ogbemudia stadium, Benin city, on Tuesday, September 15.
Okowa said that he and other governors of PDP were in support of Obaseki’s re-election because of his sterling performance in the past four years.
Earlier in the day, a media aide to Governor Obaseki, Crusoe Osagie, declared that the former Lagos state governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, cannot extend his political empire to Edo, adding that the people of the state are determined to end godfatherism in their domain.
Osagie was reacting to a viral video of Tinubu asking the people of Edo state not to vote for Governor Obaseki.
In a statement issued in Benin city, the Edo state capital, Osagie said: “Tinubu, in his quest to extend his political dominance and empire to Edo state, decided to take over the role of Edo people to choose through the ballot who to govern them for the next four years.”
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