Obaseki, Oshiomhole berate INEC over poor handling of Edo governorship election

By our reporter| Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo state, and his estranged godfather, Adams Oshiomhole on Saturday expressed disappointment over the conduct of the governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Obaseki, speaking with journalists after casting his ballot at polling unit 19, ward 4, Oredo local government area of the state, said he spent over one hour in the queue because the card reader was slow.

According to him, INEC ought to have been more organised.

Obaseki said, “I expected that INEC would have prepare better for this election. I waited for one and half hours on the queue before exercising my franchise, it’s a beat disappointing.”

“Giving that this is a sole day election, I expected a better planning for this election. Card readers were very slow and that’s the situation everywhere.”

Earlier, Crusoe Osagie, special adviser to the governor on media, alleged that there is a deliberate election manipulation in areas where Obaseki is popular.

“Suddenly card readers are not working in areas where Governor Godwin Obaseki is very popular.
Voters are being disenfranchised and we are constrained to say that this is sabotage,” he said in a statement.

“Specifically, in Oredo Ward 1, Unit 20 and other places where the Governor is clearly popular, the card readers are not working.

“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should prove to Edo voters that it can conduct a credible election in Edo State.”

Also speaking on Saturday shortly after casting his voted, Adams Oshiomhole, the former national chairman of the ruling APC lamented that card readers are not working at some polling units.

Oshiomhole who made the observation after voting at polling unit 01, Ward 10 in Uzairue northeast, Etsako West Local Government Area, however, warned the Independent National Electoral Commission not to compromise.

Addressing journalists, he said, “Since 1999, this is the highest turnout that I have seen. Elderly women and men turned out impressively.

“The turnout showed that people have shown that they are ready for democracy. My only disappointment so far is that the machine is not working.

“The INEC officials have reported but they have not brought a new machine.

“This exercise is supposed to have a closing time. If they are doing this in my ward, it means that somebody wants to remove the number of voters here. But I have told them (voters) to stay here, they have a right to vote.

“Nobody should come here and be unable to vote because of INEC’s failure.

“I cannot believe that this is an ordinary error because before bringing the machine here, you should have tested it. I pray that INEC should be able to regularise them (the machines).”

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