…Wins In Former APC Chairman, Oyegun’s Ward
…Violence Erupts As INEC Officials Flee Urhonigbe
By Augustine Akhilomen
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Godwin Obaseki, has won his polling unit after defeating the All Progressives Congress in the ongoing governorship election in Edo State.
Obaseki, who cast his vote at Emokpae model Primary School, Polling Unit 19, Ward 4, Oredo Local Government Area, polled a total of 80 votes while APC got 51 votes.
After voting, he expressed displeasure over the conduct of the ongoing governorship election in the state.
Meanwhile, the wife of the All Progressive Congress in the ongoing Edo state governorship election Professor Mrs Idia Ize-Iyamu failed to deliver her polling unit for her husband.
Prof. Ize-Iyamu voted at the Staff Training School Ward 2 PU 2 G.R.A Benin city.
A total of 154 persons were accredited to vote.
At the end of the election, the Independent National Electoral Commission adhoc staff who conducted the election counted the votes and the results were as follows.
Oredo ward 2 PU 2
154 accredited voters
Void votes: 3
Interestingly, she shared the same unit with the current Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the state Professor Yinka Omoregie.
Obaseki also won in the polling unit of former National chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
Obaseki polled 109 votes to defeat Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC who garnered 40 votes.
The development was confirmed on Saturday by an INEC official (who declined to be named) who informed that the electoral process was disrupted in about six units in Urhonigbe, Orhionmwon local government area.
According to the INEC official who is currently in protective custody, INEC ad hoc staff in the area are currently at the Urhonigbe Police Station after they were forced to flee the area.
He said; “Units 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 9 in Registration Area RA 08 Urhonigbe South, Orhionmwon LGA have been disrupted. There were sporadic gunshots everywhere. Ad-hoc staff, Security personnel, and voters are on the run. Some of the staff are now at Urhonigbe Police Station.”