The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors involved in monitoring the Edo State governorship election have raised an alarm calling on the voters and security agencies involved in the election to ensure that the collation centres are protected.
The governors, Barrister Nyesom Wike of Rivers State; Engr. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and Dr. Ifeayi Okwa of Delta State made this in Benin City, the state capital, on Saturday, while urging the people, the media, civil society organisations and voters to be vigilant and watch developments at the collation centres.
According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, the governors deeply expressed concern over the safety of collation centres since voting ended Saturday.
Commending INEC in conducting the peaceful election in a statement captioned ‘Edo 2020: Wike, Okowa, Makinde urge eternal vigilance at collation centres, commend INEC, security agencies as Obaseki defeats Ize-Iyamu in Oredo LGA,’ the governors unanimously agreed that the work involved was not yet over until the results of the election were released by INEC.
“The Edo election has been quite peaceful and I want to commend everybody for the peace we have enjoyed. Like I have always said, problems do not arise at an election but during collation. So, we call on INEC to fulfill the promise it made to Nigerians that it will release the Edo election results in real time.
“We are very happy with the election so far. But you cannot find any security presence at the ward collation centres. After results have been announced at polling units, we expect that police presence will be more at the ward collation centres. That is where we feel concerned now. We appeal to the Federal Government to mobilise security personnel to the various ward collation centres and the local government collation centres so that the people’s mandate can be protected,” Gov. Wike who led other Party stakeholders as the National Chairman of the PDP Edo 2020 Campaign Council said.
While Gov. Okowa called on stakeholders to ensure that the success recorded in the voting process was extended to the collation of results, Gov. Makinde said, “The people of Edo State have indeed spoken very loud and clear. We want the will of the people to remain sacrosanct and must not be subverted under any guise.”