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Postponing Edo, Ondo Polls Will Create Constitutional Crisis – INEC

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The Chairman, Information and Voters Education Committee, Independent Electoral Commission, Festus Okoye, has assured the people of Edo and Ondo states of INEC’s determination to conduct peaceful and credible elections noting that anything to the contrary would create a constitutional logjam crisis.
Okoye spoke at a sensitisation forum for the media in Benin, on Thursday.
He said “Political Parties and all the critical stakeholders in the electoral process must see the conduct of these elections as a national project that must be executed in strict compliance with all the safety protocols.
There is no alternative to the peaceful conduct of these elections as the alternative will leave the people of the two states with a constitutional logjam that may be difficult to resolve.
“On our part, we are determined and resolved to proceed with the conduct of the Edo and Ondo Governorship elections and all the outstanding bye-elections. In doing so, the Commission will not compromise the safety and welfare of its staff, ad-hoc staff as well as the voters. We will work closely with the security agencies to arrest threats and degrade acts of violence.”
The Edo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Johnson Sinikiem, said the September 19 governorship election would be the first to be conducted under the Covid-19 pandemic, noting that it has become imperative for journalists to be conversant with the new realities.

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Edo Election : Governor Wike Held Hostage In Hotel Room – PDP Cries Out

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The Hotel where the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike is lodging while on official assignment in Benin, Edo State has been held siege by over 300 Police men.
Recall that Governor Wike was appointed Chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council for the Edo Governorship election; this is same position Governor Ganduje of Kano State occupies for his party the APC.
Governor Ganduje and Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State are all in Benin, Edo State carrying out their assignment for the APC without any molestation or intimidation.
And in a breach of the pledge they made security agencies have decided to harass and intimidate Governor Wike who has not done any wrong.
Rivers People Warn that we Shall hold the IGP responsible for anything that happens to our Governor.
Signed:
Ambassador Akawor Desmond, Chairman
PDP Rivers State
https://twitter.com/GovWike/status/1307024982564888578?s=19
Less than 24 hours to Edo state governorship election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday cried out that its governors are being held hostage by police in the state.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja, the National Chairman of the Party, Prince Uche Secondus, who raised the alarm said that police have surrounded the Westend Hotel occupied by the PDP governors.
Secondus called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, to order his men to vacate the hotel immediately.
He added that the governors lives are in danger, noting that the APC governors, who are also in Benin are not harassed.
Secondus alleged that Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma and the Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege are presently in the home of former governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole.
He said: “The Policemen have surrounded the hotel and their lives are in danger. We call on IGP to ask the police to leave the place because their lives are in danger.
“If APC governors are in Benin, the PDP governors should be in Benin. Our governors would remain in Benin, no one can intimidate us.
“We are bringing this to the attention of the international community. Elections must be free and fair. Elections must be allowed to hold. You cannot allow APC governors in Edo and bar PDP governors.”

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Edo 2020: Your political lives in danger if APC wins, Wike tells PDP leaders

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The Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Wike , has described the governorship election in Edo State on Saturday as a fight for the destiny of the Niger Delta region .
The governor spoke on Thursday during a meeting organised for leaders and elected representatives of the Peoples Democratic Party in Benin, the Edo State capital .
Wike urged them to discard fear and threats of violence as they resolve to participate in all the electoral processes .
He charged them to monitor the distribution of electoral materials and be vigilant to protect their votes .
“ The electoral battle may not be easy. But God is with us . With the people also on the ground , we will win.
“ Let me tell you , God forbid that APC wins ; if they do , all of you here would have failed because your political life will be in jeopardy .
“ They will come with federal might , but do not fear because we have the electorate on our side. They did the same in Rivers State ; the people resisted them by protecting their votes , ” he stated .
Wike also expressed the need to mobilise the people of Edo for the gubernatorial election with the aim of liberating the state from godfatherism.
“ This is an opportunity for you to fight for the liberation of Edo State. You must all say enough is enough . One man should not be allowed to continue to insult Edo people. The godfather thinks what he says will always be . This is the time to stop him .
“ We want all the states in the South – South to be united . So, it is the best time to join your kith and kin from other Niger Delta states . This election is a fight for the destiny of the region. Edo State cannot continue to be alone , ” a statement by the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, quoted Wike as saying ,
The governor also said the party representatives had done extensive campaigns from ward to ward and should work together to deliver the PDP during the election.
Wike, who is also the Chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council for Edo State , advised the electorate not to be violent in their determination to liberate the state from godfatherism.
He said party faithful also needed to know how to be part of history in securing the future of the state.
Also , the Edo State Governor , Godwin Obaseki , said the meeting was at the instance of Wike, the Chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council for Edo State.
Obaseki noted that the meeting would address grey areas and other important issues required to secure electoral victory for the party .
Edo State Chairman of the PDP , Anthony Aziegbeme , said they had started to be vigilant and would resist any form of hijack of electoral materials .

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PDP National Leaders Storm INEC , Seek Stoppage Of Results Replacement

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PDP National Leaders Storm INEC, Seek Stoppage Of Results Replacement
…As INEC Gives Assurance Of Conducting Credible Poll
…Operates Virtual Situation Room, Monitors Distributing Vehicles
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The national leadership of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday stormed the national headquarters of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and demanded that illegal replacement of results, which he alleged had characterized previous elections, be halted.
The PDP leaders, which were led by the National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus in a peaceful protect to submit their petition at INEC headquarters, demanded for free and fair elections in Edo and Ondo states and regretted that the illegal practice of replacing results, had dragged Nigeria from its leadership level in Africa to a shameful position, to the extent that Ghana had now took the lead in the conduct of free and fair election.
Secondus, who informed the INEC leadership that PDP had it on good authority that over 1500 members of Department of State Services (DSS) have been deployed to Edo state, expressed fear that alleged replacement of results will happen again.
The PDP leadership specifically drew attention to instances to states like Osun, kano, Kogi, Bayelsa where those practices had occurred in the past.
“We make this request in view of the party’s ugly experiences in Osun, Kogi, Kano and Beyelsa states, to mention those few, which showed that promises alone had not delivered free and fair elections,” he said.
The PDP also lamented that assurances that were given in the past by the commission ended up as mere political talk.
The party said that this time around, INEC should go beyond promises and defend its integrity by ensuring free and fair elections in Edo and Ondo state, adding that anything on the contrary would spell doom for democracy in the country.
“The importance of an electoral umpire cannot be overemphasized in ensuring the sanctity of elections and offering the people hope that our democracy was heading in the right direction,” he said.
Expressing concern, Secondus said: “We are deeply worried and in pain because of our past experiences especially those of Kogi and Bayelsa. We are worried because the country is in crises, crises in economy, crises in the area of security, virtually in all facets of the life of the nation and the only way out of all these crises is to conduct free and fair elections which will at most reduce the tension in our country today.

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