Earlier today, we received an update from the Vanguard stating that the Edo State governorship election was going to hold as earlier scheduled on Saturday 10th September, 2016 despite concerns raised by the security agencies.
According to the Vanguard, they had received this information from confidential sources in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The commission had taken a decision to proceed with the Edo state gubernatorial election as scheduled after a consultation with the security agencies and meetings among other senior INEC officials.
It can be recalled that the Police and DSS had issued a joint statement on Wednesday had and advised that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) postpones the Edo State Governorship election.
The security agencies claimed to have received intelligence reports that there was a planned attack by insurgents in some states between the 12th of September and 13th of September.
The claim however was immediately refused by the state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo Stat, stating that the so called ‘planned attack’ while not specific to Edo State, was timed after the September 10th election and therefore should in no way affect the election process.
On the other hand, the postponement news was welcomed with reservations by Governor Adams Oshiomhole, the incumbent Governor of Edo state and leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state. He said it was only a postponement of the final burial of the opposition party, PDP.
According to the Vanguard, a statement to that effect was being prepared to be issued few hours after publication.
We have waited for the statement from INEC concerning the Edo State governorship election but haven’t seen any yet.
However, we have just received another report from the Punch that the Independent National Electoral Commission has agreed to shift the Edo State governorship election by two weeks.
According to Punch, the decision to postpone the election was reached at a security meeting held in Benin, the Edo State capital this evening.
It went further to state that a national commissioner at the commission said the Chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, and other national officials of the commission are planning to address a press conference shortly.
We’ll keep updating you as the events surrounding the Edo State Governorship election unfolds.