The Edo State governorship election
will now hold on Wednesday, September 28, 2916, the Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) has said.
INEC National Commissioner, Solomon
Soyebi, who addressed journalists at the Edo State headquarters of the
electoral body in Benin on Thursday night, said the move became imperative
following communication received from the police and the Department of State
Security (DSS) that there were security threats in Edo State and some other
states of the federation.
He recalled that at the end of a
stakeholders meeting held on September 7, 2016, and attended by relevant
security agencies including the representatives of the Inspector General of
Police, the DSS, the Director General of the National Youths Service Corps
(NYSC), Civil Society organisations and other critical stakeholders, INEC
affirmed its preparedness to conduct the election.
Soyebi said that the Commission
resolved to proceed with the election even when news filtered in from the
social media before the end of the stakeholders meeting that the police and the
DSS were advising INEC to postpone the election on security grounds since there
was no official communication to this effect.
“However, at about 6:00p.m. today,
the Commission received official communication from the police and the DSS
drawing its attention to the need to postpone the Edo Governorship Elections.
“Such a postponement, the
communication indicates, is necessary in view of threats of terrorist
activities in Edo and other states of the federation during the election and
over the Sallah period.
“The deployment of security
personnel countrywide to secure lives and property would overstretch their
capacity to at the same time provide adequate security for the elections.