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.