The September 10 gubernatorial election in Edo State, has been postponed by the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC].
According to Premium Times, Nick Dazang, a spokesman for INEC, confirmed that the election would now hold two weeks from Saturday.
“We have now decided to shift the election forward for another two weeks,” Mr. Dazang said. “We would announce a new date within the next 24 hours.”
The postponement came just a day after the police and State Security Service announced that they would be pulling out of the exercise due to security concerns. This was eventually agreed upon by the Mahmood Yakubu-led INEC following several consultations.
Godwin Obaseki, the APC candidate, is slugging it out with Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the PDP in the race to replace incumbent Adams Oshiomhole whose two-term tenure expires this November.
A source who also spoke to Premium Times affirmed that INEC was pressured to change its decision.
“The SSS and the police clearly said they can’t guarantee the security of INEC’s personnel and materials,” the source said.