THE fog of uncertainty beclouding conduct of the Edo State governorship election has cleared. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, last night, yielded to security advice and postponed the election to Wednesday, September 28, 2016.
But for the postponement, which is raising dust in the polity, the polls would have been held tomorrow. INEC National Commissioner for Voters Education and Publicity, Mr Solomon Atoyebi, anchored the postponement on security concerns at a news briefing in Benin, the Edo State capital at 8pm.
Mr. Atoyebi had at an earlier briefing, yesterday afternoon, brushed aside the security advice from the police and the Department of State Services, DSS, to postpone the polls on the basis of alleged security threats directed against some states of the federation, Edo inclusive, because the electoral commission was 97 per cent prepared to conduct the exercise.
The postponement elicited immediate response from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which rejected the move and Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, who said the development was a bad signal for Nigeria’s democracy.