- Less than a day to the Edo gubernatorial election, preparations are on top gear
- INEC has begun the distribution of sensitive materials in the state
- The distribution of the materials was monitored by armed security operatives
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With just one day to the Edo gubernatorial election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has begun the distribution of sensitive materials.
According to The Cable, INEC commenced the distribution of materials for the voting exercise on Thursday, September 17.
The entire vicinity of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in Benin where the materials were stored for safekeeping was fully secured with security operatives.
The distribution exercise was monitored by the commission's head of voter education and publicity in the state, Timidi Wariowei.
Confirming this, INEC's commissioner for information and voter education committee, Festus Okoye, said: "All sensitive materials for the said election have left the custody of the CBN, Benin City for the various LGAs in the state.”
Okoye added that INEC has decided to allow the recruitment of additional National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members only.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Edo Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign council had stated that the allegation that it plans to burn the office of the INEC in the state ahead of the governorship election on Saturday, September 19, is false.
Spokesman of the campaign council, Chris Osa Nehikhare, in a statement on Tuesday, September 15, said the claim is a fabrication by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state.
Nehikhare further said: "The APC is made up of people with defeatist mindset, who are grasping at straws in the face of imminent defeat in the September 19 governorship election.
“We are amused by APC's allegation of a plot to burn the INEC state office. The allegation is completely false and mischievous and should be totally disregarded. “What should be troubling and of serious concern to Edo people, local and international observers in the election is the antics of the APC to accuse others of an action it intends to execute.
“There is a trail of this sort of accusation and we want the security agencies to take the accusation seriously as we are concerned that the APC might actually do what it has just accused others of.”
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