Edo Elections: APC’s Obaseki overtakes PDP’s Ize-Iyamu

APC and Obaseki wins Edo State Governorship election

Results are trickling in from the just concluded Edo governorship elections.

PDP had claimed their candidate was leading, but fortunes seems to have reversed as the APC candidate has overtaken the PDP.

A breakdown of early results showed that APC is leading in Edo North.

Edo North comprises six local governments’ areas. APC was reported to have won five of the six local government areas.

Early results from Edo South also showed that Obaseki was leading in seven of the local government areas, including Oredo, that make up the district, but two were hotly contested.

However, in Edo Central, the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Ize-Iyamu, was said to be leading in three out of the five local governments except Igueben, where the APC had a marginal lead, but was too close to call.

INEC had used the election to test-run its new polling processes introduced under the Electoral Act.

One of them was the simultaneous accreditation and voting, which allows a registered voter to proceed to cast his/her ballot immediately after accreditation.

In the past, there was a time lag between accreditation and the casting of votes, a process that was time consuming and stressful for the electorate.

With the new voting procedure, the polling time was shorter.

Speaking on the conduct of the election, Governor Adams Oshiomhole said “I have always wondered why INEC wants people to be accredited and wait for voting later.

“For the poor people, they have had to carry the burden of our democracy by waiting the whole day.

“So I believe that INEC has made a sensible improvement.

“I believe this is a perfect example of the way it should be, but I cannot tell you that this is the way it is in other places because I have not been to those places.”

“So we are dealing with that because the people have a right to vote,” Oshiomhole said.