Yesterday’s Edo State results trickling down from the wards and local government areas in the state showed last night that the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Godwin Obaseki, was heading towards victory with clear leads in Edo North and South Senatorial Districts.
A breakdown of early results showed that in Edo North, comprising six local governments areas, APC was reported to have won five of the six local government areas, except one in which they already had a lead at press time.
Meanwhile, in Edo Central, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Ize-Iyamu, was said to be leading in three out of the five local governments except Igueben, where the APC had a marginal lead, but was too close to call.
But before a clearer picture began to emerge last night, a surprise upset was recorded yesterday, when the National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, lost at his Polling Unit 1, Ward 2 in Oredo Local Government Area by 69 votes to the 78 polled by the PDP. Incidentally, his polling unit was the same one where Ize-Iyamu’s wife, Idia, voted.
Obaseki, on the other hand, won his Unit 19, Ward 4 comfortably, garnering 160 votes against the PDP’s 77 votes. Ize-Iyamu, however, completely obliterated his opponent at his own Unit 26, Ward 5 in Orhionmwon Local Government Area by 369 votes to the 1 vote recorded by Obaseki.
There were reported cases of election malpractice such ballot box hijacking and distribution of cash to eligible voters by APC, whereas some media reports revealed a substantially orderly and peaceful poll evidencing the changes made by INEC and the security provided by security forces deployed in the state for the exercise that had 1,915,105 registered voters.
More details coming shortly…