Edo State successfully conducted its local government council elections on Saturday, with reports of peaceful voting in most parts of the state. However, there were complaints about incomplete election materials in some areas.
In several polling units in Edo North, such as the Akoko-Edo local government area, election materials arrived promptly, and voting commenced as early as 8 a.m. The voting process proceeded smoothly without significant issues.
Nevertheless, the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Labour Party (LP) criticized the election process. The LP even staged a protest at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) premises, where they voiced concerns about the inadequate supply of electoral materials. Daniel-Ero Onaghise, the LP chairmanship candidate for Oredo local government, went a step further, calling for the cancellation of the entire exercise.
Governor Godwin Obaseki, who cast his vote at Emokpae Primary School, expressed his satisfaction with the election. He expressed confidence that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would emerge victorious, citing the PDP’s extensive mobilization efforts across the state.
Governor Obaseki stated, “The turnout was very impressive despite the rain. The process has been smooth and peaceful, with no reports of violence. I believe that voting time should be extended to allow more citizens to exercise their franchise.”
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Regarding the expected outcome, he noted, “I expect popular candidates to win, especially considering the extensive mobilization efforts of the PDP.”
LP Chairmanship Candidate Daniel-Ero Onaghise expressed his dissatisfaction with the election process during LP supporters’ protests. He raised concerns about last-minute changes in election procedures and delays in material distribution, ultimately calling for the cancellation of the entire exercise.
The APC State Chairman, Col (Dr) David Imuse (rtd), echoed these concerns, branding the election a “scam” and a “charade.” He highlighted the issue of insufficient ballot papers and the absence of result sheets, emphasizing that conducting an election without result sheets posed a significant challenge. Similar problems were reported across the Edo Central senatorial district, according to Col (Dr) David Imuse.
The local government election in Edo State has thus triggered both commendations for its peaceful conduct in most areas and criticism from opposition parties, demanding a reevaluation of the process due to reported irregularities and delays.