Edo election to now hold September 28, INEC says as PDP, Fayose kick

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has finally announced the postponement of Saturday’s governorship election in Edo by two weeks.

Solomon Soyebi, INEC national Commissioner in-charge of voter education and publicity, made the disclosure at a press conference at the commission’s office in Benin on Thursday.

Mr. Soyebi said the election would now hold on September 28, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

He attributed the postponement to alleged security threat as reported by security agencies.

The electoral commission had earlier on Thursday rejected the call for postponement by the police and the State Security Service, SSS. The commission had said it would not be “teleguided”, and argued that suspending the polls would be costly after reaching at least 97 per cent readiness level.

Hours after making that announcement, the commission backtracked and said it agreed to postpone the elections based on the security concerns cited by the police and the SSS.

The main opposition party, PDP, and its leaders have been very vocal in condemning the postponement of an election expected to be closely fought.

PDP, Fayose react

The PDP condemned the postponement and described it as “a coup against the people of Edo State.”

The opposition party said changing the date “was a less than ingenious attempt to ‘buy time’ for the governing All Progressives Congress, APC”.

“It is shameful and indeed a major constitutional breach for the security agencies to act in concert with the APC to truncate an Election that had been planned for months,” the party said in a statement signed by Dayo Adeyeye, its interim spokesperson.

“Nigerians were not deceived by the obvious concoctions of the security agencies whose performances during elections have been less than average since the advent of the Buhari Administration.

“The postponement of the Election by INEC is illegal, unconstitutional and a breach of the peoples’ trust in the Commission and the security agencies.

“It is a coup against the people of Edo State in particular and Nigerians in general. Since APC assumed power, virtually all elections conducted by INEC have either been inconclusive or truncated.”

In his reaction, the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose described the postponement as “beginning of the end for democracy in Nigeria.”

“It is obvious that the All Progressives Congress (APC) feared that it can’t win the election and is ready to employ whatever crude means to subvert the wish of the people,” he said.

“How can you postpone an election less than 48 hours to the scheduled date? What manner of security concern could prevent an election in just one state when elections were held in Northeast States that are confronted by Boko Haram insurgents?” the Ekiti governor said.

The ruling APC in Edo, which had accused the PDP of plotting to import armed persons to cause havoc during the elections, did not condemn the postponement as at the time of this report.

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  • Otile

    Boohoo, we told you so. This Islamic APC with their razzmatazz. They have postponed the election to buy time in order to perfect their rigging. There was never a credible threat to security over this to-be rigged election in the state. The other day Imam Mohamed Buhari was seen campaigning openly for the APC minion without any fear of attack. Imam knows the violent places and he avoids them like the plague. When strong Odua touts yabbed him he chickened out of a long standing invitation to Eko & rather complained of ear ache. Again when Avenger boys threatened to capture him alive he declined an invitation to a function in Ogoniland, & hurried to England and hid in a hospital for over 13 days.

    I hate when Islamic APC cries wolf like this but when the real danger comes they play dead. Islamic Fulani herdsmen have been marauding and killing people at night but Imam does nothing.
    In the Niger Delta Fulani soldiers have been harassing, natives stealing their food and raping women but Imam is saying nothing. Yesterday an 84 year old man died of wounds inflicted on him by Northern soldiers but Buhari has not sent any condolence message to the bereaved family. If that incident happened in Italy or Serbia Buhari would have sent mourners to console them.

  • amazing2012

    Kick against ? Ok, go alone and conduct the election ! Sadist !!

  • Why can’t we have simple free and fair elections like other civilized nations? Buhari and APC have turned out democracy to a political comedy. God please help us.

    • Eluba Inas

      Nemesis will catch up with them if that is their true intention as it caught Goodluck Jonathan last year.

  • jeepee

    Wot goes around, come around…fayose, u dey cry, no b una start am, abegi, go siddon…however, dis security men don dey threaten our democracy, me no like am..

  • joelaw

    PDP should be the last to complain about postponement, the same to them was a good idea when the 2015 election was postponed. However, i think APC did not think this through properly, there is no way they can slice and dice this to the satisfaction of the public. this does not smell right even assuming there was sufficient security reason to do so. Win or loose, this election is tainted.

    • Edoronwen Igbosa

      @disqus_mmM0CaVW1C:disqus

      Will APC have a lawful candidate for the Edo state postponed election?

      Is this postponement not an opportunity for INEC to get things right for once;
      rather than kick the can down the road for rigmarole court cases that will
      probably make this postponed election just as silly as if it were held?

      The APC candidate in this Edo state election, Godwin Obaseki,
      doesn’t have certificates to show but only narrated a bogus story
      that he did his WAEC school certificate in 1973 and graduated from the
      University of Ibadan three years later in 1976.

      Godwin Obaseki’s narrative
      is factually impossible because in 1973 there was no JAMB and no
      student proceeded to a three-year degree course in the University of
      Ibadan with Waec school certificate only – none! The requirement for
      admission for a three-year course was GCE A Levels with at least two
      strong credits.

      If this dubious APC candidate were admitted in 1973,
      it means he did not do the two-year A Levels course and it further
      means he was admitted with a Wasc (Ordinary level) as equivalent to
      advanced levels qualification. Such claim on oath is prima facie perjury.
      The Police should now act responsibly by arresting the APC candidate
      and by locking him up to face criminal trial for false declaration on oath –
      an offence carrying 14 years imprisonment under the Criminal Code.

  • vagabonds in power

    The Chairman of INEC Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who pocketed N850 million meant to buy chairs and desks for school children in the North through UBEC, is not the type of person to reject monetary reward from the Apes in APC, to enable him shift the date of the election to a more appropriate period to enable them Apes in APC in Edo state, stuff the ballot boxes with voters card-imported via Niger Republic to rig the elections in favour of the Apes in APC in Benin City.

    In spite of his successors in UBEC, reportedly launching an investigations into the whereabouts of the money which a Federal High Court in June 2011 ordered to be paid into an interest yielding account. Their efforts have so far drawn blank—-all these years.

    Upon their “redeployments” on September 3, 2007, Modibbo and Yakubu cashed N850 million approved by their predecessors to mobilise a plastics chair manufacturer, Intermarkets Nigeria Limited. The company was to produce 70,000 units of chairs and tables for school children. having earlier manufactured for UBEC under Phase 1 of the scheme–Is that the type of person to be trusted by Nigerian to conduct a free and fair elections in Edo and the country at large–?

  • Ade Omowest

    “Edo election to now hold September 28, INEC says as PDP, Fayose kick” Haaahhhaaaaa, I hope Fayose will not kick bucket so as to witness the downfall of the fake “Pastor” Ize-Iyamu in Edo State anytime the security agents give the go ahead. The imminent death of divided and corrupt looters in PDP is on sight and Edo State is the beginning.

    • Ubong

      who among these people( APC/PDP) is developing your community ad not subjecting suffering gullible Nigerians to untold hardship and suffering in the midst of abundant wealth. The sooner you and I put aside pettiness and partisanship and stop this undemocratic action by our partisan and corrupt security agencies and INEC, our hard worn democracy is trading on a wrong path. INEC is becoming something something quite partial since the inception of this current chairman. Most election is never concluded or either voters rights to chose and vote for their candidates of choice, probably based on his track records or accomplishment is trampled upon and rubbished by INEC, simply because Nigerian voters probably do not know the power of the voter card in the hand. Kogi state election is a clear example of how gullible nigerians could treated as nothing by an INEC .corrupt judiciary in their collection action of show of shame. It will be better for you and I and our children yet unborn for our to protect our democracy. Late MKO and many others died for us to have democracy and we must continue to accept some carefully plotted political coup by some people to becloud our collective sense of political maturity and judgement.

      • Ade Omowest

        APC as it is today is not perfect and no Saints among the members, I agree that a party accommodating rogues like Saraki and Atiku including the “padding” experts in the National Assembly can not be called a perfect party. But considering our present Nigeria situation PDP is not an alternative and advocating for the khaki boys is an invitation to chaos and total devastation of our little gain in the last 17 years of democracy. Our only option is to chose the best available among us that decide to contest for sensitive positions as we can not invite British or America to run our affairs. It it now left for us to give constructive criticism so that they will not go astray and not the kind of HATRED being preached by some people at this forum. By the way, big thanks for your decent response Ubong. .

    • Otile

      You are preaching to an idi○t, stop wasting your precious time on him.

  • Jacky

    Many elections have been postponed and canceled in Nigeria, therefore, the case of Edo State cannot be among the first-time cases or the last case. Why are PDP and Fayose shouting and crying foul? PDP knows it has no chance of winning Edo where the approval rating of Oshiomhole is very high but I am surprised why they are in a hurry. Wike and Okowa have already relocated to the State and my suspicion is that PDP is up to something fishy, and Security Agencies have uncovered the evil plot. They should have known that Oshiomhole is a street fighter, he is a brawler and slugger who cannot be scammed or be afraid to fight in the mud.

    • sab

      Please remind me, did APC complain in 2015 over postponement of election even under obvious circumstance or not? Where was Imo, Edo, Osun governors during the Kogi elections and Rivers re-run as well as Bayelsa elections?

  • uduakomiri

    The signs on the wall show APC will lose Edo and they know it. Fear don catch loudmouth oshio-monki

    • bjay

      If you think so just open your eyes and see what will happen to PDP Edo people are not cowards,nobody can rig Edo election now.

  • Mufu Ola

    Poverty stricken Ekiti is there for Fayose to focus on. He’s voyeuring about when core PDP states’ govs like Akwa Ibom,CrossRiver, Enugu govs are busy in their states.If democracy did not “die” when PDP postponed last Presidential election why would it die now? What has PDP or APC got to lose or gain by the postponement for 2 weeks? I think the man is fighting his perceived final battle of his life.That’s why he’s so childish about his his imaginary “brave” hustlings.

  • Pat

    Postponement of election as a result of security report by the nation Law enforcement and security custodians is a sign of incompetence on the part of the Law enforcement and security departments of the country. Though, Buhari inherited a non effective and politicized forces, he has to make them accountable in discharging their statutory duties of maintenance of peace and order in the country at all times without jeopardizing a scheduled electoral process. The president should ensure that this attitude of our Law enforcement is not encouraged. It is either the people in charge of our law enforcement do their jobs as necessary or send parking. Nigerians are tired of this type of excuse. It shows lack of preparation and seriousness towards national assignments on the part our Forces and SSS. Let’s hope this will never happen again.

    • Jujubeans

      A big shame on APC for behaving just like the PDPigs.

  • ALBERT

    Nigerians should begin to appreciate security and intelligence reports from our law enforcement security agencies that is what any nation concerned about the well being of its citizens should do. We have this penchant for disregarding flood alerts and weather reports whcih has caused us several thousands of death and plane crashes. We should not be going back to the dark days of Jonathan when security intelligence were disregarded with each security agencies at cross roads and playing to the gallery when bombs were exploding like knock outs across th country. The postponement of elections is not novel in Nigeria or across the world. We should be commending our security services for putting up such alerts and being proactive than reactive. If anything unpleasant happened, we shall point fingers towards the govt. The fundamental responsibility of govt is to protect lives and property not organising elections. The pdp is just raising its voices to seek attraction in an election it will lose by landslide. Fayose should understand that, Nigerians and even pdp has stopped listening to him. Obama , Merkel, Hollande, Putin, Zuma etc do issue statements their press secretaries but they come out to address the world.

    • Burning Spear

      I never knew we still have mumus like your type–in 9ja –still—-Any wonder why we still have the USA and her CIA network impose certificate less Fulani Boko haram cowhand like Bingo Buhari on us————–So this postponement of d election-can be likened unto a flood warning sign abi?——-Monkey———What did u do when Jonathan postponed his———–Did u not invite Obama to come and supervise the elections which led to the US ambassador to Nigeria imposing Buhari on us–Monkey–pls stop insulting Nigerians with the rubbish u just posted–animals

      • Omotolaaraujo

        Despite what you think, he’s still better than Jonathan the Gangster. Jonathan is bad history.

        • delta K

          Yes o just like your useless father and mother

          • Mama Kay

            People who respect their parents do not insult other people’s parents is a saying in Yoruba

  • vagabonds in power

    Is the Chairman of INEC Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who pocketed N850 million meant to buy chairs and desks for school children in the North through UBEC, the type of person to reject monetary inducements from the Apes in APC, to enable him shift the date of the election to a more appropriate period to enable them Apes in APC in Edo state, stuff the ballot boxes with voters card-imported via Niger Republic to rig the elections in favour of the Apes in APC in Benin City?.

    In spite of his successors in UBEC, reportedly launching an investigations into the whereabouts of the money which a Federal High Court in June 2011 ordered to be paid into an interest yielding account. Their efforts have so far drawn blank—-all these years with the backing of the powerful Fulani elitesd while the Efcc looks the other way.

    Again Upon their“redeployments” on September 3, 2007, Modibbo and Yakubu cashed N850 million approved by their predecessors to mobilise a plastics chair manufacturer, Intermarkets Nigeria Limited. The company was to produce 70,000 units of chairs and tables for school children. having earlier manufactured for UBEC under Phase 1 of the scheme–Is that the type of person to be trusted by Nigerian to conduct a free and fair elections in Edo and the country at large–? I begi

  • Omotolaaraujo

    Safety before elections.

  • favourtalk

    This is good for the country and the state, to avert the problem in the state that may come from the desperation of the PDP candidate since evryone knows the greed that comes out from the PDP party

  • born Great

    What are a country were stupidity and incompetence are celebrated. Police can not provide security in one state 48hrs to an event schedule over 6 months ago, and some people are commending them for crass incompetence, what a country!!.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    INEC appears to be led presently by an unstable,inept,incompetent and incapable leadership that must all be replaced with a well knowledgeable,intelligent,transparent and trusted leadership.Can people of Edo Styate and Nigerians at large ever trust the current leadership of INEC with the unstable decision-making machinery?