APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun at Ward 2, Unit 2, Oredo LGA.
The APC national chairman said he was satisfied with the process and security arrangement. He denies knowledge of alleged inducement in some polling units in Oredo.
Obaseki, wife vote
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Godwin Obaseki, and his wife, Betsy, have completed their accreditation and voted in the ongoing election in the state.
Obaseki and his wife, who were registered at Ward 4, Unit 20, Emokpae Primary School, in Oredo Local Government Area, arrived at about 9:35am for accreditation and voting.
Our correspondent gathered that there was a large turnout at Obaseki’s ward, Oredo Ward 4, which has 10 polling units.
Obaseki and Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, are considered the leading candidates in the governorship race although a total of 19 candidates are vying for the position.
The election, which is being held under tight security, comes after a bitter campaign during which both candidates and their parties engaged in a war of words, accusing each other of working to manipulate the process.
Voters display their Permanent Voter Cards in Oredo Ward 4, Unit 20, Oredo Local Government Area.
At PU 001 in Asoro Primary School, Benin, a party agent attempted to tell people to vote for her party.
Eghosa Arase, a voter, said everything was fine until the agent began canvassing for her party.
“The election is going peacefully, but some certain things is happening, some other members of some party, they are trying to cause crisis though we’ve tried to bring everything down.
“When you want to canvass, you have to canvass at home before you come here.”
According to PREMIUM TIMES report, one of the major parties was giving out N2,000 to have people vote for its candidate.
80-year-old Alice Akpaha arrived at the polling unit with her temporary voters card and was told she couldn’t vote.
“They’ll give you the one you can use in 2019,” a party agent told her.
Accreditation ongoing at: Ward 4,Ikpoba Okha PU 4 -16 Urora Primary School, Urora
Voting about to commence at Ward 1, unit 2, Ovia North East LGA
voters queue up to commence accreditation and voting at PU 20/Ward 1 Garrick Pri. School Oredo
9:00am: Raymond Dokpesi of AIT spotted on the queue at ward 1 unit 8 Agenebode.
8:43am: Materials arrived at PU 02 ward 12, Etsako West LGA, Edo state. 7.25am. 6 security personnel and 4 INEC officials.
Voting material have arrived at Polling Unit 005 in Benin.
An INEC adhoc staff explains the voting process to prospective voters at a primary school in Benin.
“The process has changed. Now after accreditation, you vote immediately.
“Voting starts by 8 am and stops at 2pm. Those who are in the queue when it’s 2pm will be allowed to cast their votes.”
Voting ongoing at St James Anglican Primary School in Benin City
8:40 am: Accreditation and has started in unit 10, usen ward seven, Ovia South West
#EdoDecides Early turn out across different polling units.
After a rigorous campaign to woo the electorates, voters in Edo State will, today, decide their next governor.
Nineteen candidates are vying for the ticket to the Government House. But the main contest is seen to be between Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress, the ruling party in the state, and Andrew Ize-Iyamu of the Peoples Democratic Party.
There’s only one female governorship candidate, Tracy Agol, the 44-year-old Peoples’ Party of Nigeria aspirant.
Seven political parties have women as their deputy governorship candidates.
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).
A total of 25,000 police officers were deployed across the state to ensure peace and security during the polls, while 44 observer groups were accredited by the Independent National Electoral Commission as election monitors.