‘Rig and Die’, Edo residents threaten INEC officials

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Threaten to resist rigging, deal with anybody found doing so

*There’ll be no room for manipulation of votes in Edo– Gov

*Wike, Obaseki plotting to unleash violence in Edo gov election – APC

As campaign for the governorship election in Edo State scheduled for September 19 this year hots up, there have been allegations and counter allegations from various groups of plans by some people to rig the election.

Amidst the allegations, a group operating under the aegis of “Concerned Edo People” has warned that anybody, especially officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC coming to the state with the intention of rigging the election should write their Wills. “Write your Wills if you are coming to rig election in Edo State and hand them over to your wife, children or family because we are going to resist rigging and anybody found rigging will be sent to his ancestors. “We are going to monitor the election with our biros and papers and we will be at the polling booths everywhere in the state and the result must be declared on the spot for everybody to note down. “We gathered that some people are planning to use federal might to rig the election, those concerned are not hiding; we will not tolerate any rigging this time like it happened in 2016.“All results must be announced at each polling unit and there must be no rigging of any type,” the group further warned.

For his part, the incumbent governor of the state and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Godwin Obaseki has assured the people that there would be no room for rigging and manipulation of votes in the forthcoming election in the state. Speaking when he rolled out his scorecard for the past four years, Governor Obaseki warned those planning to cause violence during the election to have a rethink because, according to him, Edo people will resist any form of malpractices during the election. “Nobody can rig in Edo state, Edo will not allow rigging,” he declared.

Speaking further, the governor said his infrastructure battle has opened up the state and attracted investors, explaining that he stepped on toes by rejecting the notion of ownership of Edo by the privileged few who are oblivious of the plight of the masses.

Furthermore, Obasekl said Edo State was not meant for politicians alone but for the masses that deserve more dividends of democracy. Meanwhile, the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has allegedly accused Governor Obaseki and his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, of plotting to unleash violence during the governorship election. The party was reported to have stated that it has information on their alleged plot and advised those involved to tow the path of peace before, during and after the election. It would be recalled that Governor Wike was reported to have said last Wednesday that the people of Edo State being educated, would not allow themselves to be deceived by former governor of the state, and erstwhile APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

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