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Esama of Benin an enigma, icon worthy of emulation – Obaseki

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…Bishop’s Conference charges INEC on free, credible guber poll in Edo.

 

The Edo State Governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has described the Esama of Benin Kingdom, Chief Sir. Dr. Gabriel Igbinedion, as an enigma and icon worthy of emulation by the younger generation, hailing his numerous contributions to the development of the state and nation.

Speaking at a special thanksgiving service to celebrate the 86th birthday of the Esama of Benin at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church in Benin City, Obaseki reassured that his government, party and supporters will continue to embrace peace ahead of the September 19, 2020 gubernatorial election in the state.
The governor said, “We thank God for your life and what you have been to us in Edo State and Nigeria at large. Thank God for the value you have continued to represent over the decades.

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“As a government we will continue to preach peace and harmony. We will continue to follow your footsteps of hard work, love and industriousness.”
Earlier in his homily, the Bishop of Benin Archdiocese and President of Catholic Bishop Conference of Nigeria, Archbishop Augustine Akubueze, urged the electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to remain unbiased and ensure the conduct of a free, fair and credible election in the state.

The Archbishop described the Esama of Benin as an icon of unity for successfully bringing the gubernatorial candidates of the PDP and All Progressives Congress (APC) together, urging their supporters to play by the rules and ensure a violence-free election on September 19, 2020.

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According to him, “I call on the political umpire to remain neutral, ensure that the votes of the electorate count to allow the people decide who governs them come September 19, 2020.

“The Esama is a friend to Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and also to Governor Godwin Obaseki and has brought them together in unity. The Esama has become a symbol of unity. I call on all their followers to embrace peace and ensure that the September 19, 2020 governorship election in the state is violence-free.”

Thanking God for the life of the celebrant, Chief Igbinedion, the Bishop said old age is a blessing from God, charging the people to respect the elderly and treat them with due regard.

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The Archbishop commended the Esama of Benin for his philanthropic gesture as he has touched many lives across the state and country, urging the parishioners to be their brothers’ keepers.

 

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Edo 2020: Some Units Results Now Ready from 18 LGAs, 192 Electoral Wards In The State

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Global Times Nigeria reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) commenced the Edo governorship election at exactly 8 am on Saturday, September 19, amidst tight security.

The election is taking place in eighteen (18) Local Government Areas (LGAs) and one hundred and ninety-two (192) wards in the state.

Local government areas where the election is taking place are: Akoko Edo with 115,343 voters; Egor has 158,817; Esan Central has 40,831;  Esan North-East has 66,790; Esan South-East has 58,802; Esan West has 83,467;  Etsako Central has 42,042; Etsako East has 67,715;  Etsako West has 128,188, and Igueben has 34,988.

Others are Ikpoba/Okha with 214,822; Oredo, 240,197; Orhionmwon, 102,739; Ovia North-East, 113,167; Ovia South West, 77,468; Owan East, 77,827; Owan West, 46,245 and Uhunmwonde 57,290.

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According to INEC, the number of registered voters for the election is 2,210,534. However, 483,796 PVCs were not collected, leaving 1,726,738 voters eligible to take part in today’s election. According to the delimitation of the state, the election is conducted in the 2,627 polling units in 192 wards in the 18 LGAs of the state.

In the build-up to the election, Incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party, has popped up clearly as a top contender for the office of the governor.

On the other hand, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party, is hoping to unseat Obaseki as the governor.

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The fourteen (14) political parties and fourteen (14) candidates are: EDEMAKHIOTA GODWIN OSAIMIAMIA – AA; MABEL AKOMU OBOH – ADC; IBOI LUCKY EMMANUEL – ADP; OSAGIE ANDREW IZE-IYAMU – APC; OSAGIE LUCKY IDEHEN – APGA;

AMOS OSALUMESE ARELOEGBE – APP; IGBINEWEKA OSAMUEDE – APM; OSIFO UHUNEKPENMA ISAIAH – LP; AGOL EBUN TRACY – NNPP; STEVIE NASH OZONO – NRM; GODWIN NOGHEGHASE OBASEKI – PDP; FELIX IZEKOR OBAYANGBON – SDP; OSAGIOBARE JONES – YPP and AKHALAMHE AMIEMENOGHENA – ZLP.

Below is the First Edo Election Result…

2:40 pm: PU010, Idunmwongo P/S, Idunmwongo, Ugbeka Ward, Orhionmwon LGA election results

ADP: 2

ADC: 1

PDP: 46

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APC: 43

Void/Invalid Votes: 2

Valid votes: 92

Registered Voters: 379

Please note that these results are yet to be confirmed by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the only body recognised by law to declare election result.

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Edo 2020: There Is An Ongoing Deliberate Manipulation In My Strongholds Areas – Gov Obaseki Allege

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Incumbent Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, through Crusoe Osagie, his Special Adviser on Media, has lamented that “there is an ongoing deliberate election manipulation in areas where he has strongholds.

Obaseki is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the incumbent Governor of Edo State.

According to him: “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,” Osagie said in a statement to the Press on Saturday during the polls.

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

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

 

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Edo 2020: Gov Obaseki Expresses Disappointment Over Failure Of Card readers, Laments INEC’s Unpreparedness

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The Edo state Governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Godwin Obaseki has expressed disappointment over the failure of card readers in several wards across the state.

Obaseki who spoke to journalists shortly after casting his vote on Saturday, in Oredo Local Government Area of the state, noted that after spending several hours on the queue due to card reader issues, the failure of the card readers shows the unpreparedness of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

According to the governor, “I expected better preparation on the part of  those saddled with the responsibility to conduct this election. To wait for one and a half hour on the queue before exercising my franchise is a bit disappointing.

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“Given that this is a sole day’s election, I expected better planning and preparation and resources should have been put into this election.

“At the last presidential election, in my polling unit, there were two polling points which eased the burden on voters. You all are witnesses to how long it has taken.

“The card reader here is working slowly, and this is the situation in all the major voting centres in Oredo Local Government Area of the state as I speak.

“At Garrick Memorial School, I understand that over 500 voters are already stranded because they can’t vote due to slow processing of the card reader.

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“One would have expected that INEC will have deployed more card readers and more voting points in high density polling centres,” he said.

Responding to the issue of vote-buying at polling units, the governor said that the security agencies are not doing what they assured Edo people and Nigerians before the election.

“The security agencies assured us that they won’t allow anybody who doesn’t have business of voting, into a particular place, but they are working contrary to what they promised us.

“You can see cars parked with a lot of cash being disbursed to people buying votes, and it seems to be normal practice, but we are not perturbed as people know what to do. Cash can’t buy their future,” Obaseki noted.

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