- A civil society group, CODER, has urged key political actors in Edo election to embrace peace
- The group asked the security agencies to maintain neutrality before, during and after the election
- CODER also advised the INEC to ensure the election is not manipulated to favour any political party
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A civil society group, the Coalition of Democrats for Electoral Reforms (CODER), has asked political actors in the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in Edo state to shun violence and allow citizens of the state to speak through the ballot.
Legit.ng reports that in a statement signed by its national coordinator, Temitope Shaba, and spokesperson, Comrade Ayodele Adewale, the group acknowledged that there has been unnecessary tension in the state.
It maintained that the tension was caused by the incumbent governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Godwin Obaseki, and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
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CODER, however, cautioned against making the bleak pre-election predictions of some groups come to pass while appealing to the feuding parties to sheath their swords for peace sake.
The group also commended the genuine efforts made by the Oba of Benin to broker peace as well as the position taken by the United States of America and the United Kingdom to checkmate the trend of violence.
It asked security officials especially the Nigerian Police Force to maintain their neutrality, advising the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to also play its role as an unbiased umpire.
“The Nigerian Police Force and other security personnel on election duty must maintain their neutrality and be ready to arrest anyone that commits an electoral offense. INEC, on the other hand, must be seen to play its role as an unbiased umpire in the entire process to increase people’s confidence and trust in both the electoral process and the electoral management body,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Umar Sani, a former special assistant on media and publicity to ex-Nigeria's vice president, Namadi Sambo, predicted the outcome of the Edo election.
It was reported that Sani said the candidate of the PDP, Godwin Obaseki, would be victorious at the poll if the federal might is not used to upturn the election in favour of the APC and its candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, on Saturday, September 19.
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