Situation Room slams INEC, security agencies for shifting Edo guber poll

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The Situation Room, a coalition of over two dozen civil society groups, on Friday said it was “deeply dismayed” at the postponement of the gubernatorial elections in Edo State.

The Independent National Electoral Commission announced on Thursday that the election, previously scheduled to hold on September 10, would be postponed until September 28 in line with the recommendations of security agencies.

The Nigeria Police Force and the State Security Service had said on Wednesday said they could not guarantee the security of electoral officers and the state’s electorate if INEC went ahead with the exercise.

The development has earned INEC and the security agencies widespread criticism from Nigerians.

The Situation Room added its voice on Friday, describing the postponement as “part of a disturbing trend in the erosion of public trust in our public officers, public institutions as well a growing skepticism about the general direction of our democracy under this administration.”

In the statement, which was made available to PREMIUM TIMES by Clement Nwankwo of Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, Situation Room said the security agencies preempted INEC when they unilaterally announced their lack of readiness and made a mockery of the “constitutionally guaranteed independence” of the electoral body.

“This unfortunate chain of events raises some serious questions about a possible breach of the constitutionally guaranteed independence of INEC, the growing overreach of Security Apparatchiks who effectively in this election have forced their own electoral timetable on INEC, the good people of Edo State and by extension citizens of this country,” the statement said.

“We join the pain of the good people of Edo State over this unwarranted assault on democracy.”

The Situation Room, therefore, urged all parties in the state to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner while preparing towards the new election date.

“We call on all the political parties in Edo State to prepare for the new date for elections and to conduct themselves in a peaceful and orderly manner.”

Godwin Obaseki, the APC candidate, and Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the PDP are the main contenders in the race to replace incumbent Adams Oshiomhole whose two-term tenure expires this November.

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  • FreeNigeria

    Una never see, welcome to Buhari led Nigeria. This is not the change we voted for. if they can’t conduct local government election in River State, they can’t conduct state election in Edo state, how will they conduct General election in 2019? Democracy don craze under Buhari.

  • jedidiah leggit

    Oshiomhole has lost it , Edo people ve tolerated you for long, u ll soon be stone on the street of Edo, if you tel PMB to postponed tis election one million ur party ll stil lose. Shameless hypocrite.
    Wher re th likes of soyinka n the loud mouthed Falana.

  • Truth Justice Equity

    While buhari is talking about change ,his government and party are busy sticking to the shameful old ways.
    This is an integrity deficient government,what a big shame.
    I wonder what buhari and his shameless axis of evil party will have to say about this one again. The worst calamity that will ever befall any nation or people is to have a buhari or anything like him as the President or leader of any nation. I feel pained that Nigeria my beautiful nation with good people will have to contend with a national disaster like buhari,Jonathan only sin against God and humanity was to have allowed a congregation of thick darkness and an axis of evil called APC to Budd in Nigeria and to make his sins grievous and unpardonable, he cowardly betrayed Nigeria into their hands.This national tribulations is only 16 months old,and Nigeria had been totally ran down and completely overwhelmed in all sectors. Name them, INEC ,Efcc,judiciary, party politics, rule of law,human right,economy, security, food security, currency, governance, NASS,national unity ,peace and cohesion. Buhari government is like the ten plagues God sent to Egypt to torment them.may God Almighty give special grace to Nigeria to overcome this buhatsunami ,buhaebola,and buhavolcano.may God preserve our democracy for this remaining 2 years and 7 months of buharis calamitous ineptitude. May God never allow Nigeria again to be cursed with this kind of leadership that caused Nigeria to mourn.Edo voters please hold your peace,don’t fall for their evil mischief and satanic rigmarole. the end ,God that delivered Isreal from the evil grip of pharaoh and his horses and riders, shall deliver you from this Alliu Oshojudas and his axis of evil APC party government.

  • vagabonds in power

    Edo Guber Election – Fresh facts have emerged on the real reasons behind the desperation of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC in seeking for postponement of the Edo State gubernatorial election.

    Edo Guber Election

    Reports on Thursday, September 8, 2016 indicate that following the request by the Department of State Services (DSS) and Nigerian Police for the postponement of the September 10, 2016 gubernatorial elections in Edo State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had proceeded to a crucial meeting to weigh the possibility of a postponement.

    But an informed source and top chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State told SIGNAL on Thursday that the real reason behind the ‘gymnastics of postponement’ was the palpable fear within the ranks of the APC that the PDP was coasting home to victory in Edo State.

    According to the source who also holds a key position in the government of Governor Adams Oshiomole, three independent polls conducted in Edo State within the past four weeks show the PDP clearly leading and poised to clinch the state.

    The implication of a PDP win in Edo State, the national leadership of the APC was said to have advised Buhari would mark a dangerous signal for not just the APC as a party but inflict a further dent on the already waning popularity of the Buhari administration.