On Saturday, September 19, the people of Edo state will troop out to elect a new governor or renew the mandate of the incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki.
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In this piece, Legit.ng highlights top 10 quick facts about the election.
1. Edo state is one of the six states in the south-south geopolitical zone.
2. Edo state has 18 local government areas and 193 wards and the election will be taking place in all the areas
3. It has three senatorial districts, namely Edo South, Edo Central and Edo North.
4. Edo South has seven LGAs; Edo Central has five LGAs, while Edo North has six LGAs.
5. Edo state also has nine federal constituencies
6. Edo has an estimated voter population of 2,210,534. However, it is 1,726, 738 people who have collected PVCs that will be allowed to vote on Saturday.
7. Edo has 2,627 polling units where voting will take place
8. A total of 14 political parties, including the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are participating in the election
9. The two major candidates in the election are Governor Obaseki of the PDP and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC
10. Out of the 14 governorship candidates in the election, only two are female: Mabel Akomu Oboh of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) and Agol Ebun Tracy of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP)
Meanwhile, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Sam Nkire, has predicted victory for his party.
Nkire who is a member of the APC's national caucus, however, said the win will likely be narrow, adding, “a win is a win.”
He also said those who believed that Edo state was still a ‘PDP state’ were living in the past, adding that the last two governors of the state were APC members.
In another report, the governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, also predicted the outcome of the poll.
Governor Wike said if the police were able to prevent political thugs from playing a role during the governorship election, the APC would be “beaten silly.”
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