Edo State is undoubtedly living up to its moniker – the Heartbeat State. A show of force by some of the 25,000 policemen deployed for the election last week was only one among many acts making the hearts of many in the state to beat – beat for fear!
Tomorrow’s off season governorship election is also the focus of the eyes of the nation and could become the most crucial test for the new helmsman at the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.
The election, INEC sources say, could also be the first time that the electronic reporting system is fully deployed in such a way that election results would be electronically conveyed to INEC Situation Room. The move could check instances of results mutilation between voting points and collation centres.
Though 19 candidates and political parties were registered for the election, there is no doubt that two candidates, Godwin Obaseki of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP are the focus of the election.
The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA candidate, Osaro Onaiwu, is also aiming to draw support himself by posting the good works of the party in Anambra State as prospective benefits for Edo State should the electorate vote for him. The election is, however, undoubtedly one of the most heated contests since the creation of the state. Obaseki is riding on the goodwill of the outgoing governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole in direct combat against Ize-Iyamu, a man who has either directly managed or been the main facilitator of all past successful governorship conquests in 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2012.