Obaseki seeks traditional ruler’s blessing ahead of Sept. 19 election



Gov. Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the PDP for the Sept. 19 Edo governorship election, on Monday solicited the blessings of the Anegbette community traditional ruler ahead of the polls.

Obaseki called for the traditional ruler’s prayers at the palace of the Oliola of Anegbette, Chief Ugbodaga Yakubu, in Etsako East Local Government Area of the state.

Obaseki, who resumed his ward-to-ward campaign, also told the monarch that he would resist forces fighting to stop what he called his people-centric projects

The governor said he decided to seek the prayers and support of the monarch ahead of the election because same blessings ensured his victory four years ago.

“My visit to your palace is part of my campaign. This place is a traditional place for me. You adopted me during my first electioneering campaign.

“You gave me your royal blessings and I won my first election. I am here again to seek your blessings and support.

“I want to assure you that Anegbette will receive more developmental projects in my second term, in spite of the current economic challenges across the world.”

The governor, who also visited Wards 9 and 10 in Anegbette, disclosed that his administration had built a power plant in Benin and would replicate same in the area.

He noted that without roads, electricity and good industries, it would be difficult to develop the state.

Obaseki said the present administration in Edo was all about development, adding that the last three years had been dedicated to executing projects to help the poor.

He acknowledged that there had been massive opposition, but said that government would not be distracted.

Obaseki, who said that the election was all about progress, appealed to residents of the area to vote massively for him and protect their votes.

“You need to come out en-masse, vote and protect your votes to ensure we come out successful in the election, so we can continue on the path of development. This election is all about progress.”

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the PDP later received defectors to its fold, led by the chairmen of the APC in Wards nine and 10 in Anegbette, Damudu Ibrahim and Momoh Aliu, respectively.

In separate remarks, the new PDP members pledged their loyalty and support for Obaseki and his running mate, Philip Shaibu, and promised to deliver their respective wards to the PDP.

Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong and Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)



Edo Election: Obaseki queues up to vote



The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, on Saturday followed the prescribed electoral process by standing on the queue to be accredited, before casting his vote.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Obaseki arrived his Oredo Ward 4 Polling Unit at Emokpae Model Primary School, Benin City at about 10:25am.

Mr Church Haris, a voter at the Governor’s Polling Unit in Oredo Ward 4 commended the governor for following the election procedure.

“I was amazed that he took a position on the queue.

“He surprised many voters in this ward.  We are proud of him,’’ he said.

Rita Osahon, who also voted at the polling unit, similarly commended the governor for staying on the queue to cast his vote.

Sylvester Okoduwa, an official of the Transition Monitoring Group, an election NGO, commended the peaceful commencement of the electoral process in the Edo state capital.

He said the election had started on a peaceful note and the voters wore their face masks, observed the social distancing rule, and also washed their hands in compliance to the COVID-19 protocols.

Edo is voting to elect a governor to run its state affairs for the next four years.

The state has a total of 2, 210,534 registered voters in 18 local government areas with 192 wards.

Edited By: Constance Imasuen/Idonije Obakhedo
Source: NAN

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Edo: Presiding Officers, Observer commend electoral process in Ward 4



Some Presiding Officers in the Sept.19, governorship election in Edo and an international Observer team, Centre for Strategic Conflict Management, have commended the peaceful electoral process in Oredo Ward 4.

They gave the commendation at the on-going governorship election on Saturday in Benin.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the Oredo Ward 4 is the voting point of the incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki.

A presiding officer in the Ward 4 poling unit 25, Jonathan Ayo, commended the electorate for conducting themselves peacefully and in an orderly manner during accreditation and voting.

According to him, the process so far has been smooth, with everything working well.

”The card readers are working perfectly well today; we have not had any issue of failure of card reader today.

“The voters are conducting themselves very well too and everything is going on smoothly and we thank God for that,” he said.

Another Presiding officer in the ward, Blessing Mbagwu, stated that everything was going on well t as expected except for the aged people whose accreditation processes constituted a slight delay.

She said that the delay was based on the inability of the card readers to capture their thumbs.

“But outside that, everything is fine, with 10 seconds we are done with reading the thumbs,” She said.

Also speaking, an observer, Mr Ekperobe Bigman, of the Centre for Strategic Conflict Management, commended the INEC over prompt distribution of electoral materials, both sensitive and non sensitive ones.

INEC has done its beat and it is quite commendable, the commencement of the exercise is also commendable, as you can see the large turnout of voters in the ward.

“On the part of security too, they are well on ground to ensure peaceful polls,” he said.

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN

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Edo 2020: Voters observe social distancing



Voters in Gov. Godwin Obaseki’s polling unit, Oredo Ward 4, Emokpae Model Primary School, Benin City, were seen observing physical distancing, washing hands and wearing face masks to curtail the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

News Agency of Nigeria , reports that aside security check points provided at the centre of the community, residents moved around freely with their face masks.

Miss Esosa Igbinegin, a voter in Oredo Ward 1(unit 3), said that voters were observing the COVID-19 guidelines.

“Voting is going on well here and no issues at all.

“We are all on our face masks as directed,” she said.

Miss Ehi Osagie, another voter in Oredo Ward 1 (unit 3), said that security personnel were working hard to ensure a hitch-free election.

“Security teams are working well, voting is ongoing peacefully in this Ward,” she said.

Meanwhile, voters in Oredo Ward 12 with 6 units in Oba market were wearing face masks but not observing physical distancing.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Felix Ajide
Source: NAN



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Edo Polls: Ize-Iyamu votes at Ugboko ward 4, commends conduct of Election



Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Edo Governorship election on Saturday, Sept. 19 cast his vote at Ugboko ward 4, unit 26, Orhionmwon Local Government Council of the state at about 9: 25 a.m.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Ize-Iyamu joined the queue at his polling unit located at Iguododo Primary school at about 9:20a.m. before casting his vote at about 9: 25a.m.

Speaking to journalists after exercising his franchise, Ize-Iyamu commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the peaceful and smooth electoral process.

He also commended INEC for adhering to the COVID-19 protocol.

“The process is good and going on smoothly; there is no thuggery and violence, the place is peaceful and calm.

“I am happy that INEC has a thermometer to check temperature and they also give out face masks to our people.

“We encourage our people to come out in batches so they can strictly adhere to the COVID-19 protocols of social distances”.

He said he had not been able to get information about the conduct of the election across the state due to the poor network at his voting community.

He expressed optimism that he would emerge victorious in the election saying, “I am confident of victory across the 18 LGAs of the State”.

NAN reports that accreditation and voting commenced simultaneously at Ugboko ward 5, unit 26 at about 8: 46 a.m. amidst the presence of security personnel.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN

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