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“Victory is sure for APC in Edo guber poll” -Uzodinma

Imo state governor expresses confidence on Ize-Iyanmu’s emergence as Edo governor

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By Joshua Timi, Benin City

The Imo State governor, Hope Uzodinma on Thursday arrived Benin City with the hope to accomplish victory for the APC gubernatorial candidate, Pastor Ozagie Ize-Iyamu in the Saturday’s governorship election in Edo state.

Gov. Uzodinma, who landed in Benin City at about 12: 45pm at the Benin Airport in company of Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ovie Omoagege said that the victory is sure for his party.

Speaking with newsmen shortly after his arrival, Uzodinma expressed that his mission in Edo State was to consolidate on campaign consultations done by the party so far in the state.

“I have come here to consolidate in line with our campaign consultations; we hope that before the mid night today, which is the end of the campaign, we will use the opportunity to mop up our vote gathering campaign”.

He explained that APC has gained a lot of popularity in the state and the candidacy of its flag bearer in the gubernatorial election was commendable.

“It is very clear from opinion polls that our party is very popular here, we have campaigned enough and we have very good candidate by the grace of God, we will emerge victorious” he said.

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Edo 2020 live updates

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7:45 am (Sunday):

With 13 LGA’S declared thus Flfar, APC polled 144,955 while PDP polled 243,606.

The implication is that, the PDP Candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki is leading the pack with 98,651votes.

INEC returns in less than an hour for the remaining five LGA’S

12:07pm: George Idah Primary School, INEC distribution center, election materials are not distributed yet.

10:33am: APC candidate Osaze Ize Iyamu voted

10am: Gov Obaseki voted at ward 4, Oredo LGA in a rowdy atmosphere

9am: Voting underway at ward 4, Oredo LGA with security agents on ground and without a hitch. This is where Governor Godwin Obaseki will be casting his vote

8:47am: Voters on queue at Ward 4 Oredo Local Government Area

7:30am: Olina primary school, ring road. There are 6 polling units here Electoral materials are ready, voters are waiting for the election to begin.

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Edo 2020, doomsday sayers and the rest of us

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-By Chas Ideho, political analyst

Granted that elections in Nigeria are usually and generally violence prone; the reasons, of course, the winners-take-all syndrome.

This is why some well meaning Nigerians have continued to insist on attitudinal change in our electoral processes in order to birth a more modern way of electing our leaders in all the levels of government.

The Edo 2020 election also has its expectations of being violence compliant, or likely so, particularly with the contending political gladiators, and the Supremo himself, the immediate past governor of the state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole in the fray.

The threats of vilonece, as these gladiators spoke daggers on a daily basis until recently, and with the “Lagos media” of which I am one, helping to amplify these threats, doomsday sayers have had their hearts filled with joy that their predictions of vilonece would come to pass.

Accidental prophets of doom have increased in their numbers, everyone of them claiming to hear from God directly of imminent bloodletting in the state. How discomforting and distasteful can this be!

However, as a journalist who have reported elections in this country for years, I can say here with a degree of fact that the situation in Edo State is not an actual reflection of the daggers being reported in the media as being to brandished on a daily basis here in the state. From Benin City, the state capital, to Ekpoma, to Uromi, to Auchi, to Agenebode, to Igarra, to Afuze, to Sabongida Ora, etcetera, no one has received any matchete cuts or even a scratch on the skin. The media may have blown this out of proportion and have given the situation the colour it does not bear at the moment.

As one who has been on ground here in the state for a couple of weeks, getting involved personally in the affairs of my beloved state, I can say here that there is no vilonece ANYWHERE in Edo land as at this minute that I penned this down.

To my friends in Lagos, and those in far flung places, if you know anyone resident anywhere in the state, kindly put a call through to them to ask where there has been any incidence(s) of vilonece. Please do this with a 360° mindset, devoid of sentiments, to enable you get the true picture of the peaceful situation in our beloved Edo State at the moment.

We know, we, being stakeolders, that the election will come and go, winners will be declared, and no blood would be shed, and the drum beats of victory shall resonate everywhere around us, and doomdsday sayers who want Edo to witness violence at all cost shall be shamed.

Long live Edo State. Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

IDEHO, Journalist and host of Feedback weekly talkshow on Jordan 105.5fm writes from Edo state

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