Poll: Edo declares two-day public holiday

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Adams Oshiomhole

Olusola Fabiyi, Adelani Adepegba and Alexander
Okere

The Edo State Government has declared September
27 and 28 as public holidays for the conduct of
Wednesday’s governorship election in the state.

Governor Adams Oshiomhole announced this on
Saturday evening at an event organised in his
honour by the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour
Congress and the Trade Union Congress in Benin
City.
The governor explained that the work-free days
were aimed at providing all eligible voters with the
opportunity to relocate to their respective areas of
registration.

He further said it would allow the voters to
exercise their constitutional rights.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim
Idris, has ordered the re-activation of security
plans earlier made for the Edo State governorship
election before it was postponed to September 28,
2016.
SUNDAY PUNCH gathered that 25,000 police
personnel would be deployed in the state,
consisting of the Police Mobile Force, the Counter-
Terrorism Unit, the Anti-bomb Squad, the Marine
Police, conventional policemen, the Armament
Units, personnel from Force Criminal Intelligence
and Investigation Department, Force Intelligence
Bureau and the Sniffer Dog Section.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Donald Awunah,
confirmed to our correspondent in Abuja on Friday,
noting that the IG had ordered the deployment of
the personnel in Edo State in stages.
He explained that advance units had already moved
into the state in preparation for the election, while
other operatives would join them before the D-
Day.
Awunah stated that the security operation would
be supervised by a Deputy Inspector-General of
Police that would be assisted by an Assistant
Inspector-General of Police and three
commissioners of police.
“In addition, helicopters and gun boats, 10
additional Armoured Personnel Carriers and 550
patrol vehicles would be deployed to cover all the
polling units, rack centres, collating centres,
riverine areas and difficult terrains,” he said.
Awunah, while reiterating that the police would
maintain neutrality in the election, warned
miscreants, saying the police would descend
heavily on any person or group who attempt to
scuttle the electoral process and thwart the will of
the people.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party has
denied the allegation that it was planning to rig the
September 28 governorship election in Edo State.
It said the allegation by the Deputy Director
General, Godwin Obaseki Campaign Organisation,
John Osakue, to the effect that it (PDP) was
working to rig the election, was without basis.
Spokesperson for the party, Prince Dayo Adeyeye,
stated this in a statement in Abuja on Saturday.
He said the allegation levelled against the PDP was
false, misleading, adding that it was totally in
keeping with the All Progressives Congress’
alleged principle of propaganda.
He alleged that it was the APC that was planning to
rig the election.
Adeyeye alleged that the APC was planning to
collaborate with INEC staff to gain access to INEC
remote servers to disrupt and manipulate the e-
collation process.

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