With thousands of security operatives deployed to Edo State ahead of today’s governorship election, the security status of the state has been charged – as residents will choose a new governor to succeed the outgoing Adams Oshiomhole.
They are nineteen candidates vying for the ticket to the Government House, but the main contestants are Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress and Andrew Ize-Iyamu of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Edo State has a total of 1,925,105 registered voters; 192 Registration Areas (RAs); 2,627 Polling Units (Pus); and 4,011 Voting Points (VPs).
In compliance with the law, all the contesting political parties ended their campaigns on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.
Residents were spotted in Benin City on Tuesday engaging in last-minute shopping to stock their homes with foodstuffs.
The presence of the about 25,000 policemen deployed to the state is being felt, as over five thousand security operatives were sited at the premises of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at Aduwawa, Benin City.
This is even as the presence of soldiers was felt at strategic points in the state, particularly in border towns between the state and Delta State.
Also, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) announced on Tuesday that it had deployed a total of 15, 250 personnel to ensure peaceful conduct of the polls.
Addressing some personnel of the corps in Benin City, the NSCDC Acting Deputy Commandant General, Operations, Hillary Madu, said:
“Edo is well known for peace, every state of the federation always looks unto the state for its peaceful nature, and that is what we are here to maintain.
“This election is not about anybody, and it is not worth the soul of anybody. We must all work for the success of the poll.”
Madu also stated that officers of the NSCDC would be visible in all the 2,627 polling units, and 192 wards across the state.