Collation of results is ongoing in Edo State after the Governorship election held on Wednesday.
The people turned out massively to vote in the election observers described as one of the most peaceful elections in the recent times.
“Collation officers have started handing over their results from the 18 Local Government Areas…The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is going be transparent in the process and when we are done, the winner will be announced immediately. We implore people to be patient,’’ the National Commissioner, Solomon Soyebi said.
Mr Soyebi stated that the election started on time and materials came early too at most polling units across the state. He also said that the card readers functioned properly.
One of the Observers, Deji Elumoye told Voice of Nigeria that everything went smoothly from the accreditation to the main voting.
“We are election observers, there was no crisis whatsoever in the various wards we monitored. You will be on queue and when it gets to your turn, you will mention your name and number, then you will be accredited and immediately after that, you will be given ballot paper to cast your vote. That is an innovation on the part of INEC because before now it was not so…I want INEC to include this in all election right from now especially the Ondo State election that is around the corner because this process saves time and energy,’’ Elumoye explained. He is the chairman, Lagos State, Nigeria Union of Journalists.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole also hailed what he described as the improved electoral process introduced by INEC, whereby accreditation and voting were done at the same time.
The National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, APC, John Odigie-Oyegun voted in Ward 2, Unit 2 in Oredo Local Government and he expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the election and the turnout of voters.
“They always say it. It always happens. But voters are not fools. What we tell them is take the money, vote your conscience. I am positive, it isn’t hope, I am certain we are going to win,” he said.
The APC governorship candidate, Godwin Obaseki described the exercise as very peaceful after voting at Emokpae Primary School in Oredo Local Government, Ward 4, Unit 19.
“The officers from INEC are doing their best and there is sufficient security. Nobody is punching or crowding them. If the situation continues this way, certainly it is something we are going to be pleased with. Let’s wait and see at the end of the day whether we will exceed the expectations. I am quite pleased with what the security agents have done. We have to come here unarmed because they got all policemen attached to VIPs withdrawn,” he said.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governorship candidate, Dr. Idia Ize-Iyamu also said the election was peaceful, commending the large turnout of people for the election. He voted at Ward 2, Unit 2 in Oredo Local Government Area.