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Saturday, September 19, 2020

Election: Protect your votes, Saraki tells Edo people

 


Nigeria ’ s immediate past Senate President , Bukola Saraki , has urged voters in Edo State to protect their votes in the Saturday governorship election .


He said this in a series of tweets after voting was concluded at many units in the election .


Saraki said , “ The on - going #EdoDecides2020 is getting to the crucial stages . I urge the good people of Edo State not to get carried away but to protect their votes .


“ The enthusiasm and patriotic conduct of the good people of Edo State must not be thwarted or subverted by any @ inecnigeria official , either permanent or ad -hoc; or any security personnel , no matter the rank .


“ Nigeria ’ s glory is more important than the huge ego of politicians. And so @ inecnigeria


and security officials must work to protect Nigeria ’ s image and not to satisfy the whims and caprices of some power - hungry politicians . ”


Voting began in most polling stations around 9:30 am.


The majority of stations closed at 3:00 pm, but registered voters still waiting at some centres were allowed to cast their ballots .


Final results are expected on Sunday .


Although 17 political parties have fielded candidates for the vote , it is a two -way race between All Progressives Congress and Peoples Democratic Party.


Incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki of the PDP ran against APC standard-bearer Osagie Ize -Iyamu .


Obaseki was elected on APC’ s platform in 2016 but defected to the PDP after being denied the ticket owing to intra -party squabbles .

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