Thursday, 8 September 2016

Official: Edo governorship poll to hold as scheduled despite security concerns - INEC

FLASH: @inecnigeria source said they're resisting interference by police in Edo election. INEC officials in Benin City said they want to go ahead and they're 80% ready to move against "Security Advice"

BREAKING: @INECnigeria has decided to go ahead with Edo State Guber election scheduled for Saturday #EdoDecides

The Edo State governorship election is to go ahead, sources in the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC despite security concerns raised by the Police and the Department of State
Services, DSS. Confidential sources told Vanguard on Thursday morning that the commission took the decision after consultation with the security agencies and meetings among senior officials of INEC.

A statement to that effect Vanguard learnt is being prepared and is to be issued within hours. Controversy stoked preparations for the Edo elections on Wednesday when the police and DSS issued a joint statement advising INEC to postpone the election on the claim that they had intelligence reports of a planned attack by insurgents or terrorists in some states between September 12 and 13.

The claim was immediately rebuffed by the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP which said that the planned attack while not specific to Edo State, was timed after the September 10, election.

Source: Vanguard

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