As Edo State elects its Governor today, the two million eligible voters in Edo State should know, NO! They must know this.
“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor polite, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
By Martin Luther King Jr
But that’s not all that is happening in Edo State Politics as the All Progressives Congress and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party have continued to trade blame on the alleged plot of some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission to compromise the credibility of the exercise.
The PDP on Tuesday accused the APC government of Governor Adams Oshiomhole and the electoral umpire of allegedly inducing election supervisors to compromise the outcome of the poll in nine out of the 18 local government areas according to reports from Punch.
The state Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chris Nehikhare, who spoke to journalists in Benin, said the party had received information of an alleged distribution of N2m by a senior official of INEC to the supervisors on behalf of the state government Punch reported.
Nehikhare, who also alleged that the results of the affected areas had “been written”, ready for announcement on Wednesday (today), vowed that the PDP and its supporters would resist with “the last drop of their blood” any attempt to switch election results.
Although attempts made to reach the spokesperson for INEC in Edo State, Mrs. Priscilla Imoudu-Sule, were unsuccessful Punch reported.
The Edo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Kassim Afegbua, denied the rigging allegations by the PDP.
He said, “There is nothing like that. They should go and face their election and forget all these issues of name-calling and making false allegations.”
Also, the state Chairman of the APC, Anselm Ojezua said:
“That is a figment of their own imagination. They have lost the election already. I’m the state Chairman of the APC. I have been in my home area for three days. So, what time will I have to go and talk about bribing INEC?
“If anything at all, it is the PDP people that know the INEC people. After all, most of these INEC officers were employed during the PDP government. We have trained our agents and they are determined to be very vigilant.
“The truth is that all the plans the PDP made to create havoc in Edo State have virtually failed. All the efforts they have made to manipulate the process have also failed. They can now see that there is nothing other than the true transparent process that will give us result in this election.”
But as we all know in Politics any and every thing is possible and as Groucho Marx said :
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
So, as PDP and APC continue in their battle of words for today’s gubernatorial elections in Edo State and INEC looks on, only time will tell who would emerge as the Governor elect.