Alexander Okere, Benin
Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, said on
Tuesday that the picture of a convicted terrorist,
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, was found in a fake
voter register as an eligible voter for Wednesday’s
Oshiomhole, who spoke when he received the
United States Consul General in Lagos, John Bray,
at the Government House in Benin, explained that
the said terrorist was registered with a Bini name.
Abdulmutallab was convicted for attempting to
detonate explosives hidden in his underwear
onboard an airline from Amsterdam, The
Netherlands, to Detroit, Michigan, on December 25,
Oshiomhole, who expressed worry over the
development, noted that the foundation for credible
elections was the voter register, adding that once
the voter register was manipulated, there could be
When contacted, the spokesperson for the
Independent National Electoral Commission in Edo
State, Mrs. Priscilla Imoudu-Sule, promised to get
back to our correspondent.
But she has yet to do so as of the time of filing the
Oshiomhole explained, “Right now, we have
evidence of two versions of the voter register – the
one they have officially distributed and the one that
some elements within the ICT in INEC have also
produced in Abuja.
“What they have done in the past, which we hear
they want to re-enact, is that they will display one
voter register which is reasonably accurate. They
also have a fake one which they intend to bring
and use to spring a surprise in certain locations,
where they believe that they have no chance.
When voters go there, they would find a voter
register different from the one that they know.
There will be confusion in those voting centres.
“For example, I was shocked to find the portrait of
Mr. Abdulmutallab, and that will interest Your
Excellency, the young man who has been jailed in
the US for a terrorist act. His portrait is in the fake
voter’s register with a Benin name under it.
“I am sure if you look at the face, if we don’t know
the face, you, the US officials know the face. And
you find the name under it, that it is a Benin name
in Ovia South-West.”
He also alleged that INEC had enlisted some
members of the opposition party as election
observers even in Etsako-West, where he hails
The governor said, “Last night, in my local
government, one of the PDP leaders, who
incidentally is on the list of INEC observers, I can
be very specific, one Tenebe, we have information
that he got boys around and they were shooting.
But the police went to apprehend them; they
engaged the police in a shootout.”
Oshiomhole, however, reiterated the commitment of
the state towards a peaceful conduct of the
election, adding that, “I guess that if you review
your records or your political notes, you would find
that up till 2007, our opponents relied solely on
Earlier, he US Consul-General, who led a
delegation of election observers, expressed the
hope that the outcome of the poll would reflect the
will of the electorate.
Brady said, “We are here to observe the elections.
We will all be watching this election very closely. It
is essential that the election is peaceful, fair and
credible and reflects the will of Edo citizens.
“The postponement was a setback a few weeks
ago. But I still believe it offers us the opportunity
to hold the first successful and transparent
governorship election in 2016.”