The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has postponed the Edo State governorship election by two weeks. The spokesman to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, confirmed the postponement.
This decision comes hours after the electoral body had insisted it was still going ahead with the Saturday September 10th election despite an advise from the police and the DSS that the election should be postponed due to some security threats.
INEC says the election will now hold on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.
The Nigeria Police and Department of State Services (DSS) had advised INEC to postpone the governorship election scheduled for Saturday for security reasons.
The two security agencies said the advise was based on credible intelligence at its disposal, which suggests that insurgents are planning to attack vulnerable communities and soft targets, with high population during the forthcoming Sallah celebrations between 12th and 13th September.
The Edo election is expected to be strongly fought between the candidate of the incumbent governing All Progressives Congress, Godwin Obaseki, and his PDP challenger, Osagie Ize Iyamu.
The Peoples Democratic Party condemned the request for postponement, saying it was bizzare and shocking
However INEC, has stated earlier that it would not be “teleguided” and “would not do anything that would mortgage Nigeria’s democracy”.