INEC may go ahead with Edo governorship election despite security warning

PIC. 33.  INEC CHAIRMAN VISITS NYSC  HEADQUARTERS IN ABUJA

The Edo State governorship election slated for Saturday, September 10, will “likely go ahead” as scheduled, a source at the Independent National Electoral Commission has told PREMIUM TIMES.

The Commission is meeting to take a final decision on the polls.

“We will most go ahead with the election,” the source said. “A statement to that effect will be issued soon.”

The meeting became necessary following a call by by the Nigeria police and the State Security Services, SSS, to postpone the election based on “credible intelligence” of a plot by “Insurgent and extremist elements” to disrupt the poll.

A joint press statement issued Wednesday afternoon by the two agencies said the target of the planned attacks are vulnerable communities and soft targets with high population during the forthcoming Sallah celebrations between September 12 and 13.

Edo, the statement said, is among the states being targeted.

Garba Abdullahi signed the statement on behalf of the SSS, while the Force Public Relations Officer, Don Awunah, signed for the police.

“It is in regard of these that we are appealing to INEC which has the legal duty to regulate elections in the country to consider the need for possible postponement of the date of the election in Edo State in order to enable security agencies deal decisively with the envisaged terrorist threats,” the statement said.

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  • Ladi Akindele

    Common sense must prevail!

  • donMe$$i

    48HOURS TO AN ELECTION AND APC-INEC IS STILL SAY IT ‘MAY’ HOLD.
    ‘MAY’????
    Haba Jama’a! Hauka!
    It is now I appreciate jonathan’s conceding to baba buhari.
    It has become crystal clear these APC charlatans will never do same under similar circumstances.
    I can assure Nigerians APC will take us back to the era where transiting from one civilian regime to another was an impossibility.
    ‘born again’ Democrat indeed!
    R.I.P Democracy.

    • Kallah Bature

      Please be fair and consider the nation’s security seriously.Credible security report should not be treated with kids gloves.Where were you when Dasukigate/Jonathan postponed the general election on reason bordering on security.Why is this different?Relax please because this is a more serious government with a more transparent security outfit in place.