Although voting ended on Wednesday afternoon in all the 18 local governments of Edo State, delay in the collation process meant no result was officially announced by the electoral commission, INEC.
PREMIUM TIMES’ Ben Ezeamalu and Oluwole Josiah continue their live report of the elections by bringing you the official results as announced by INEC from its secretariat in Benin.
The result is expected to be a two-horse race between the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Godwin Obaseki, and Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
8.39: Obaseki’s running mate creates scene at INEC, protests cancellation of results in some units
Phillip Shaibu, the running mate of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Godwin Obaseki, is now at the INEC office to protest the cancellation of results of some units in his ward in Jattu, Etsakor West Local Government Area.
The deputy governorship candidate who arrived the INEC office at about 8 a.m. was barred from entering into the office with the collation officer for Etsakor West.
He was told he could not enter nor be anywhere around the vicinity of INEC office. Only his agent could have access, he was told.
But Mr. Shaibu insisted he had a complaint to make against the collation officer whom he said had no right to cancel the units.
The argument degenerated into pushing as he forced his way through the security blockade.
He, however, managed to pull through into the hall.
We were not able to ascertain whether he was attended to as online reporters were not allowed into the collation room.
9.26: Three polling units cancelled.
450 votes cancelled due to snatched boxes and destruction of electoral material.
9.27: LGA: Owan West
Number of registered voters: 54,406
Number of accredited voters: 24,487
Total votes cast: 23,290
Rejected votes: 1,002
9.27: LGA: Egor
Number of registered voters: 184,296
Number of accredited voters: 49,802
Total valid votes cast: 46,728
Rejected votes: 2,811
One polling unit cancelled because of failure to use the card reader.
9.35: LGA: Esan North East
Number of registered voters: 74,293
Number of accredited voters: 27,121
Total valid votes: 25,747
Rejected votes: 1,197
Three cancellations due to number of votes cast exceeding number of accredited voters.
Number of registered voters: 42,655
Number of accredited voters: 16,482
Total valid votes: 15,506
Rejected votes: 580
Two polling units cancelled.
9.56: LGA: Uhunmwode
Number of registered voters: 62,987
Number of accredited voters: 21,927
Total valid votes: 19,971
Rejected votes: 1,759
There was cancellation of results in three polling units due to violence and discrepancy between the number of accredited voters and total votes cast.
10.09: LGA: Esan South East
Number of registered voters: 66,695
Number of accredited voters: 22,522
Total valid votes: 21,250
Rejected votes: 806
10.21: LGA: Oredo
Number of registered voters: 273,614
Number of accredited voters: 74,076
Total valid votes: 69,401
Rejected votes: 4,311
10.51: LGA: Orhionmwon
Number of registered voters: 102,921
Number of accredited voters: 34,270
Total valid votes: 32,213
Rejected votes: 1,788
10.56: LGA: Esan West
Number of registered voters: 87,867
Number of accredited voters: 31,866
Total valid votes: 29,963
Rejected votes: 1,563
11.02: The INEC officials have gone on a little recess, temporarily halting the announcement of results.
11.08: Nine local government results have been announced so far. APC wins 5, PDP wins 4.
PDP supporters besiege INEC office, protest results released so far
Supporters of the opposition People’s Democratic Party are already spoiling for violence as INEC releases results of nine of the 18 local government areas.
They have besieged the secretariat of the INEC at Ikpoba Hill in large numbers blocking the road.
11.49: Police teargas protesting PDP supporters who accused Edo Governor of rigging the results of yesterday’s election.
The protesters were demanding the cancellation of the results announced so far.
INEC continues with announcement of results.
12.20: Owan East:
Total votes cast: 36,122
APC: 21, 233
12.24: Ovia North East:
12.27: Esan Central
Valid votes: 20,211
Rejected votes: 1153
Total votes cast: 21,364
12.30: Etsako Central LGA
Registered voters: 43,049
Accredited voters, 20,145
Valid votes: 19,358
Rejected votes: 549
A KOWA party agent at the INEC venue where results are being announced called for the total cancellation of the election.
12.43: Etsako East LGA
Registered voters: 66,277
Accredited voters: 33,032
Valid votes: 30,858
Rejected votes: 1,056
Total votes cast: 31,914
Five polling units cancelled.
12.46: PDP calls for recount of votes in Etsako East. Says own tally from agents differs from INEC votes. The agent for Action Alliance also called for recount.
12.58: Etsako West LGA
Registered voters: 136,664
Accredited voters: 45,620
Valid votes: 40,611
Rejected votes: 2,127
Total votes cast:42,738
13.01: INEC official in Etsako West denies manipulating the results, says a party’s candidate (not named) brought heavily armed men to attack them. He said police officers save him and other INEC officials.
13.15: Ikpoba Okha local government
Registered voters: 260,965
Accredited voters: 65,348
Valid votes: 61,055
Total votes cast: 64,881
13.27: LGA: Akoko Edo
Number of registered voters: 110,118
Number of accredited voters: 39,945
Total valid votes: 37,946
Rejected votes: 1,684
APC set to win Edo governorship election
With results from only one local government being awaited, the ruling All Progressives Congress has taken an unassailable lead in the Edo governorship elections.
The result of Ovia South West is yet to be announced as INEC personnel await the return of officials who supervised elections in the council.
From the results of 17 local governments announced so far, the APC has 306,663 votes while the PDP has 244,363 votes.
Already, the PDP has rejected the results. The party’s chairman, Dan Orbi, alleged that the results were fabricated and predetermined.
PDP rejects Edo governorship election result
The Peoples Democratic Party in Edo State has rejected the results of Wednesday’s elections held in the state.
The results from 17 local governments so far show the ruling APC has an unassailable lead of 306,663 votes to the PDP’s 244,363 votes.
Only one local government is yet to be announced.
The News Agency of Nigeria quotes the Edo PDP State chairman, Dan Orbi, as alleging that the results were pre-determined and fabricated.
The party rejected the results at a press conference addressed by Mr. Orbih, on Thursday in Benin, NAN reports.
The press conference was also attended the party’s governorship candidate in the election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
The party and its candidate said they rejected the results because they were “fabricated and a pre-determined” by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Edo Government.
Mr. Orbih said the results as they were being announced by the INEC, were at a complete variance with what the party got from it agents and independent observers.
He said the two-week extension of the poll by the electoral body was to allow for more time to perfect the manipulation of the process.
“You will recall that our state Publicity Secretary had briefed the press less than 48 hours to the elections on what is playing out now.
“If you go by the results that were announced at the polling units and wards across the state, it shows that PDP would have won by over 30,000 votes.
“What INEC is announcing is clearly different from what we got from our agents and independent observers in the 192 wards and over 2,000 units across the state.
“We are rejecting these results as they were being announced by INEC and we are coming out early enough to make this known,” he said.
The chairman said the cancellation of some results on the basis of failed card reader was part of a deliberate plan to also manipulate the poll.
He alleged that the areas were results were canceled were stronghold of the PDP.
“I wonder what the Incident Form is for. Voters should not be made to suffer unduly for the inefficiency of card readers,” he said.
On his part, the governorship candidate said he aligned himself with the position of the party.
“The results are not a true reflection of what happened in the field. The INEC only played a script written by the Government of Edo,” he said.
13.56: INEC has gone on a one hour recess. The result of the last council, Ovia South West, will be announced after the recess.
The APC candidate, Godwin Obaseki, is expected to be declared winner after the last council result is announced.
15:25: LGA: Ovia South West
Number of registered voters: 79.964
Number of accredited voters: 24,061
Total valid votes: 22,177
Rejected votes: 1,665
Total final result
Registered voters: 1,900,223
Accredited voters: 622,039
AA = 155
ACPN = 3,184
APGA = 876
CPC = 276
IP = 99
KOWA = 75
LP = 182
MPPP = 125
NCP = 294
NNPP = 118
PDC = 1,289
PDP = 253,173
PPA = 855
PPM = 112
SDP = 72
UPP = 431
YDP = 200
Valid votes: 582,2999
Rejected votes: 30,945
Total votes cast = 613,244
BREAKING: It’s official: APC’s Obaseki wins Edo Governorship Election
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Godwin Obaseki, has been declared winner of the Edo State governorship election.
The APC candidate won majority of the votes cast, getting a total of 319,483 votes, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, announced.
Mr. Obaseki’s closest challenger, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, got 253,173 votes.
Mr. Obaseki also won majority votes in 13 of the 18 local governments in the state, losing the remaining five to the PDP candidate.
The INEC chief returning officer in the state, Professor Kayode Soremekun, who announced the final results, declared Mr. Obaseki the governor-elect of the South-South state.
However, the PDP in the state has rejected the results describing it as adulterated.
“If you go by the results that were announced at the polling units and wards across the state, it shows the PDP would have won by over 30,000 votes,” said Dan Orbih, the party’s state chairman in a press conference.
“What INEC is announcing is clearly different from what we got from our agents and independent observers in the 192 wards and over 2,000 units across the state.”
The PDP agent at the collation centre also refused to sign the final result sheet.
“I cannot endorse it,” he told the INEC officials present. “You said I should get ready for court instead of looking at it here and now. I cannot be a party to that,” he said.
The agent of the Young Democratic Party also refused to sign the final result sheet.
“I have the mandate of the Young Democratic Party not to append my signature on this result sheet,” he said.
Thank you for joining us.
Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility
Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.
For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.
By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.
TEXT AD: Call Willie - +2348098788999