INEC makes U-Turn, postpones Edo governorship election
Written by Morenike Adebayo on September 9, 2016
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has postponed the Edo State governorship elections earlier stated for Saturday, the tenth of September. INEC says the election will now hold on Wednesday, the twenty-eighth of September, 2016.
The agency made the U-turn on Thursday evening, few hours after it had said that it would go ahead with the election against the advice of Nigerian security agencies.The Nigeria Police and Department of State Services (DSS) had advised INEC to postpone the governorship election scheduled for Saturday for security reasons.
In reaction, the State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Anslem Ojezua described the postponement as not unusual.He also said that securing the lives of residents in the state must remain a priority.
The Peoples’ Democratic Party chairman in the state,Mr Dan Orbih however said that the nation’s democracy is being threatened.He also called for an investigation of the security agencies to rid them of political manipulation.