Wike urges Buhari to make Edo election a model for future polls
- President Buhari has been urged to make the Edo state governorship election a model for the Nigerian electoral process
- Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers made the statement during a live television programme
- Wike called for transparency in the electoral process
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President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to make the Edo state governorship election a model for the Nigerian electoral process.
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state told the Nigerian president that the outcome of the election could provide hope for the 2023 general elections, The Nation reported.
Wike made the statement during a live television programme in Port Harcourt, a statement signed by the commissioner for information and communications, Paulinus Nsirim disclosed.
“Everyone that loves this country should ensure that tomorrow’s election is credible, free and fair," the governor advised.
He called on officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to perform their duties credibly.
The governor stated that there would be no manipulation of the electoral process if the police and INEC officials are not compromised.
Meanwhile, INEC has announced the end of political campaigns in Edo state. The move is in line with Section 99(1) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) which provides 90 days for commencement of campaigns by political parties and end of same 24 hours before polling day.
By this rule, all political parties in the state are expected to halt all campaigns in the state in order not to run foul of the law.
In other news, vehicular movements in Edo state have been restricted due to the governorship election scheduled to be held in the state on Saturday, September 19.
Based on the orders of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, the restriction would commence from 11.59 pm on Friday, September 18, to 6 pm on Saturday, September 19.
According to a statement issued by the police spokesperson, Frank Mba via Twitter, on Thursday, September 17, the restriction order was enforced to check the movement of political thugs and other criminally-minded people from disrupting the electoral processes.
Umar Sani, a former special assistant on media and publicity to ex-Nigeria's vice president, Namadi Sambo has predicted a victory for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the poll.
In an exclusive interview with Legit.ng, 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 All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, on Saturday, September 19.
Sani said though the two parties have had their fair share of governance in Edo state, the former governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole would try what he could to ensure APC carries the day.
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