Residents of Edo state on Saturday, September 19, began the process of choosing who will govern the states for the next four years.
There are 14 governorship candidates participating in the election, but the incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are believed to be the top contenders in the race.
Records at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) indicated that 1.72 million people are eligible to vote in the election while 483,796 eligible voters will not participate in the poll for failure to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
Reports have emerged that the Nigerian police force have said and other very important personalities (VIPs) who arrived Edo state ahead of the commencement of the governorship elections will be redistricted to hotels to prevent manipulation of the voting process.
Police reportedly restrict governors, VIPs to hotels ahead of voting
Reports have emerged that the Nigerian police force have rirstircted the movements of governors and very important personalities (VIPs) who arrived Edo state ahead of the commencement of the governorship elections to hotels to prevent manipulation of the voting process.
However, the PDP has accused security agencies of harassing and targeting its governors who had gathered in Benin ahead of the poll
INEC distribution of election materials continues
INEC continues to disctribute election materials in parts of the state. The electoral commision has just distributed sensitive materials in Oredo and Ovia local government areas of the state.
Election materials arrive Oredo local government area
Officials of INEC have distributed election materials from Ward 002 in Oredo local government area to various polling units.
Police detain cars in Benin City
The Edo state commissioner of police, Lafimihan Adeoye led policemen to detain dozens of cars heading to polling units in Water Resources, Ugbor, Benin City.
The police had restricted vehicular movements in Edo state to check the movement of political thugs and other criminally-minded people from disrupting the electoral processes.