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Edo Guber Race: INEC To Meet Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu To Ensure Peaceful Election

In an effort to end politicians’ constant threats of violence ahead of the Edo State governorship election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), yesterday, hinted that it would summon the contenders with a view to seeking a truce.

The commission disclosed that it would soon convene an emergency meeting with political parties, candidates and campaign councils to that effect.

Chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, dropped the hint in Nasarawa State shortly after meeting with stakeholders on preparations for the Nasarawa Central constituency bye-election scheduled for Saturday, August 8, 2020.

Since the commencement of campaigns in Edo State, there had been series of attacks and comments likely to cause violence between supporters of Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Yakubu said INEC was aware of the trend and constant threats of violence ahead of the election, adding that an emergency engagement with parties involved was necessary to stem the tide.

In another development, wife of Edo State Governor, Betsy Obaseki, yesterday, received no fewer than 2,000 women who defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Betsy, who was represented by the Executive Chairman of Etsako West Council Area, Inusa Imonofi, commended the women for joining the PDP and for the warm reception accorded Governor Godwin Obaseki and Philip Shaibu’s campaign team, stressing that the state government would embark on more people-oriented projects.

Chairman of PDP in Estako West Council Area, Aliyu Shaka, declared that Obaseki’s coming to the party had made his job easier as the party would emerge victorious.

One of the women, Pius Jennifer said, “Anywhere Obaseki and Phillip Shaibu go, we are going with them and we are proud of them, that is why we are moving with them. We are confident that they will win the election because of the good work they are doing in Edo.”

Similarly, Obaseki urged Edo voters to vote for the PDP to sustain his administration’s developmental strides, noting that power belongs to the electorate.

He spoke at Ward 9 in Egbedo at the commencement of his reelection campaign in Edo North Senatorial District, saying the election would be about good and bad and the future of Edo people, especially the youths.

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