The war in Edo state, home of David ogbemudia is not that of gun and war ships but of the ballot box and voters’ card. The two leading major parties, the All Progressive Party and its main rival, the Peoples Democratic Party are at each other’s jugular as about two millions voters go to the poll today to decide the reign of control for the next four years.
Meanwhile, both parties have continued to trade blame on the alleged plot of some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission to compromise the credibility of the exercise.
While the PDP accused the APC government of Governor Adams Oshiomhole and the electoral umpire of allegedly inducing election supervisors to compromise the outcome of the poll in nine out of the 18 local government areas, the state Chairman of the APC, Anselm Ojezua, has described the claim as a figment of the imagination of the PDP.
The PDP through its Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chris Nehikhare, said the party had received information of an alleged distribution of N2m by a senior official of INEC to the supervisors on behalf of the state government.
Nehikhare, who also alleged that the results of the affected areas had “been written”, ready for announcement on Wednesday (today), vowed that the PDP and its supporters would resist with “the last drop of their blood” any attempt to switch election results.
He stated, “It has come to our attention that INEC and the state government have seriously compromised the election that is going to take place tomorrow (Wednesday). People involved in this conspiracy are those that have leaked this information to the PDP and to us to act very fast.
On his own part, the APC Chairman said, “There is nothing like that. They should go and face their election and forget all these issues of name-calling and making false allegations.”
Ojezua said, “That is a figment of their imagination. They have lost the election already. I’m the state Chairman of the APC. I have been in my home area for three days. So, what time will I have to go and talk about bribing INEC?
“If anything at all, it is the PDP people that know the INEC people. After all, most of these INEC officers were employed during the PDP government. We have trained our agents and they are determined to be very vigilant.
“The truth is that all the plans the PDP made to create havoc in Edo State have virtually failed. All the efforts they have made to manipulate the process have also failed. They can now see that there is nothing other than the true transparent process that will give us result in this election.”