- Governor Godwin Obaseki has urged the people of Edo state to vote the candidate of their choice during the election
- Obaseki made the statement on Friday, September 18, ahead of the poll
- The governor said there would be peace during and after the election
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Governor Godwin Obaseki has issued a vital statement to the people of Edo state ahead of the Saturday, September 19, governorship election.
Obaseki charged the electorate in the state to troop out and vote their preferred candidates at the poll.
Legit.ng gathered that the governor assured that the Nigeria Police Force and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have made necessary arrangements to ensure a peaceful, transparent and fair election.
He said: “My good people of Edo state, I hereby implore you to come out en-masse tomorrow to cast your votes for the candidates of your choice in the governorship election.
“The Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies have assured that adequate security will be provided during and after the election. They have made provisions to make sure that there is proper security in every polling unit across the state. We have also been assured by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of their readiness to conduct free, fair, transparent and safe election tomorrow.”
Obaseki said he is confident that the election would be violence-free, adding that all parties participating in the election have signed a peace agreement and committed to a peaceful process.
"Adequate steps have been taken to ensure compliance to the state’s COVID-19 safety protocols during the election.
“With these assurances and measures, trusting God, we believe that tomorrow’s election will be smooth and orderly. I use this opportunity to urge all of you to come out to perform your civic duty without fear. May God continue to guard our dear state and may peace and progress be upon us all,” he said.
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 poll.
It was reported that Sani said 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.
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