With all the arrangement put in place ahead of Wednesday’s governorship election in Edo state, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it was not envisaging any problem that could lead to an inconclusive election.
The election which was earlier scheduled for September 10th was however postponed on the advice of the security agency to Wednesday.
Speaking to our Correspondent, Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi said report from all quarters have been encouraging, despite the allegations by both parties.
Oyekanmi also based the confidence of the commission on the assurances from the security agencies that Edo election will be historic.
He said, “My dear brother, by the special grace of God there shall be no incident that will lead to inconclusive election. We have assurances from security agencies. The Nigerian police has promised to deplore 25000 men and they also have other agencies that are also co tributing men for the purpose of the election and I believe in the new commissioner of police in Edo, who gave assurances yesterday that they will decisively deal with anybody that tries to engage in any act that is capable of derailing the election in all the 18 local government areas of the state.
“And so far we have not seen any intention of from the political gladiators to cause mayhem. There has been exchanges here and there, allegations and also of that, but we hope that this will not degenerate.
“From the point of INEC, we have prepared for this election since March, remember that September 10th was the initial date, and we were for the advices from security agencies that persuaded us to postpone the election.
“So we are really keen and hoping that as I speak, a lot of deployment is going on, a lot of personal and materials deployment. We are monitoring everything in real time and there had been no problem and I hope that tomorrow we will have a fantastic time and it will be a historic election. So we don’t envisage any problem.”