by Isi Esene
True to his words, the governor of Edo State after voting in Iyamho, his hometown has headed straight to Benin, the Edo State capital in a convoy of cars with his aides.
According to Punch Newspaper reports, he expressed his misgivings towards the conduct of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state capital saying, “I have no faith in what (Attahiru) Jega and INEC is doing in Benin City.”
He also expressed his disdain for delayed justice when he said he would stay to fight instead of going to court if there were malpractices by the PDP. However, his utterances before and during the election has been widely criticized by observers as being irresponsible and not befitting of a governor.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has continued to express confidence in winning the election. In a statement it released today, the party said Oshiomhole’s condemnation of the election conduct is “rather hasty”.
Chief Tony Anenih, former PDP Board of Trustee chairman, has described turnout of voters as impressive. He however refused to give a prediction of the outcome saying “it is too early”.
The Police PRO, Frank Mba has confirmed reports that three policemen have lost their lives when a boat which they were travelling in capsized while conveying INEC materials to voting centres in Ologbo, a riverine area.
Meanwhile, vote counting have started in many areas and results are trickling from Ovia LGA, no clear lead has, however, been established yet.