The Edo governorship election observers’ team of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA). on Monday, September 21, issued its scorecard regarding the conduct of the Edo elections organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
This group from the NBA, in an interim report by the Benin branch issued on Sunday evening gave INEC a low rating; over the late arrival of sensitive materials and ad-hoc staff to polling units.
Nevertheless, the group praised the violence-free exercise; which is at variance with the anxiety and fear of possible breakdown of law and order earlier feared.
John Martins, a spokesperson for the NBA observers group, who issued the interim report; said that although there was voters’ apathy, those who turned out were enthusiastic about the electioneering process.
The NBA observers equally expressed satisfaction over what they termed substantial improvement in the deployment of card readers which they said functioned well in most of the polling units.
“The only snag we observed is the fact that the policemen were not informed; that observers are part of the election process. We recommend that INEC should improve in this area of enlightenment; engagement with security forces,” the NBA said.
Meanwhile, the Governor of Imo State and the Deputy Chairman of the APC Edo State Governorship Campaign Council, Senator Hope Uzodinma, on Sunday, September 21; accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of favouring the Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki in the recently-concluded governorship election.
Uzodinma made this assertion when he arrived the Imo State Government House Owerri on Sunday morning; after the election which held on Saturday.
According to the Imo Governor, the entire process in Edo State was marred by irregularities from INEC officials who allegedly sabotaged the system; making it difficult for the APC votes to count.
Governor Uzodinma went on to describe the conduct of INEC officials in the Edo Governorship Election as ‘shameful’.
The governor also thanked the candidate of the APC in Edo, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, for his resilience and doggedness.
He assured that the APC is already gathering evidence to proceed to the Election Petition Tribunal any moment from now; with the confidence that the party will get a judgment in due time.