LIVE BLOG: Edo decides as PDP, APC, others chase votes

All is set for the Edo state gubernatorial election which has been tagged a two horse race between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Nineteen candidates are vying for the ticket to the Government House. However, main contest is seen to be between Godwin Obaseki of the APC and Andrew Ize-Iyamu of the PDP.

Edo state has a total of 1,925,105 registered voters; 192 Registration Areas (RAs); 2,627 Polling Units (Pus); and 4,011 Voting Points (VPs).

A total of 25,000 police officers were deployed across the state to ensure peace and security during the polls, while 44 observer groups were accredited by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as election monitors.

 We are on ground in Benin ‎to bring you minute-by-minute report as election progresses.

It should be noted that the INEC has adopted the accreditation and vote system.

We recall that sensitive materials for the election have been handed over to the commission amid tight security by the police, Department of State Services and the Nigerian Army.

As at 7:45 am, INEC officials are already setting up ballot boxes at various centres in Benin city.

 Read our live coverage below. Remember to always refresh your browser for fresh updates.

 8.15am’ Soldiers have arrested some motorists in second junction, Akpakpava‎ road in Benin for wandering. It was also gathered that Police and Civil Defence personnel have denied accredited journalists passage at Ramat Park by Auchi Junction.

8.12am’ For the first time in Africa, special people and those living with disabilities will partake in the election. Polling also opened early in lots of units across the state as Edo decides.

 8.10am’ INEC officials are just setting up at the Staff training centre, unit 1 and 2, ward 2, Oredo LGA‎.


The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Oyegun is expected to vote here.

7.50am’ At Ward 2, polling unit 5, Oredo LGA, accreditation and voting process is about to kick off. Security operatives are on ground as well. The card reader is also working well.

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