The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says the ban on political campaigns by parties in Edo State has been lifted.
Disclosing this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin, INEC’s head of voter education, Timidi Wariowei said the ban on political campaigns in the state had been lifted since the 21st of June which is 90 days to the state gubernatorial election.
According to Mr Wariowei, non-sensitive materials have been distributed by the commission to 18 local government areas of Edo state.
The head of voter education further disclosed that records from 2019 indicate that the total number of registered voters in Edo was 2,210,534, while uncollected PVCs were only 483,868.
Come September 19, Governor Obaseki of Edo State would battle with the standard-bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and others in what is popularly referred to as a tense political rematch, to elect a new governor.
Meanwhile, Governors elected on the platform of APC and members of the ruling party’s top hierarchy have been billed to hold a meeting ahead of Edo state election.
According to sources which spoke with This Day, the meeting would be held offline with the directives of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Participants expected at the meeting include some members of the Ize-Iyamu campaign council led by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state. The national leader of the APC Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is also expected to be in attendance at the meeting which seeks to map out strategies that will ensure victory for Ize-Iyamu.
It would be recalled that Obaseki, after falling out of favour with top bigwigs of the APC, defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alongside his vice Philip Shaibu. The governor’s defection came not long after he was disqualified by the ruling party’s screening committee on Friday, June 12.