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Edo Poll: Obaseki Expressess Disappointment Over Election

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, says he is dissapointed with the conduct of the governorship election in the state.

Obaseki stated this after casting his vote at at Polling Unit 19, Ward 4, Oredo Local Government Area.

He is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). His major challenger is Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), according to him, should have been better prepared for the election.

His disappointment, he noted, was because he spent over one and a half hours in the queue.

He lamented that he was delayed because the card reader was slow.

He said, “I expected that INEC would have prepared better for this election. I waited for one and half hour on the queue before exercising my franchise, it’s a bit disappointing.

“Giving that this is a sole day election, I expected better planning for this election. Card readers were very slow and that’s the situation everywhere.”

Earlier, the Special Adviser to Edo State Governor, Crusoe Osagie, alleged that there was manipulation in areas where Obaseki is popular.

He said, “Suddenly card readers are not working in areas where Governor Godwin Obaseki is very popular.

“Voters are being disenfranchised and we are constrained to say that this is sabotage.

“Specifically, in Oredo Ward 1, Unit 20 and other places where the Governor is clearly popular, the card readers are not working.

“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should prove to Edo voters that it can conduct a credible election in Edo State.”

But Obaseki’s deputy, Philip Shaibu, had earlier said he had not gotten any report of card readers malfunctioning, as according to him, INEC had promised that all card readers were tested and had back up.

Shaibu said: “Well I have not gotten any report about that, and if I get report about that, obviously I will call the attention of the authorities that are responsible because all the card readers…we have been promised by INEC that they been tested and that they have back up. So, if they have backup, obviously if one malfunctions, the other ones should be able to augment for the ones that malfunctioned.”

But INEC is yet to react to this allegation at the time of filing this report.

The electoral umpire had earlier, condemned the shooting and and alleged hijack of electoral materials in some polling units.

Chairman of the commission, Mahmood Yakubu, said the commission may be forced to take action in the affected polling units.

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