Some of the big names failed to deliver their polling units in yesterday’s Edo State governorship election.
But the two leading candidates – Godwin Obaseki of the APC and Osagie Ize-Iyamu – won in their units.
The APC candidate, who voted at Unit 19, Ward four in Oredo local government, secured 160 votes against 77 votes for the PDP.Ize-Iyamu won in his unit (Unit 26 Ward 5 in Orhionmwon local government area) by 369 votes to APC’s one.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole also won in his polling unit but former Governor Oserhiemen Osunbor lost his unit to the PDP. APC National Chairman chief John Odigie –Oyegun lost in his Unit 2, Ward 2, Oredo local government polling unit although the party won in the local government.
At the PU001 Staff Training School, Benin where Oyegun and Ize-Iyamu’s wife, Idia, voted, the PDP won the unit with 78 votes to APC’s 69.
Former chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the PDP Cief Tony Anenih delivred in Esan Northeast local government to the PDP . He voted at Uzenema Primary School, Urue-Uromi. PDP won 123 votes to APC’s 48.
At his poling unit in Iruekpen, Esan West local government, the PDP took 168 votes to APC’s 120. The PDP also took the local government, it was learnt.
In Ward 10, Unit 1, Iyamho in Etsako West local government, where Oshiomhole voted, the APC scored 752 votes to PDP’s two votes.
Former Chief of Staff to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Mike Ogiadomhe, secured a victory for the Peoples Democratic Party in his polling unit at Fugar, Estako Central local government.
The PDP got 308 votes to APC’s 214 votes.
APC chieftain Gen. Charles Airhiavbere at Unit 18, 19, 20 and 21 of Ward one in Oredo local government, delivered for his party.
In Unit 18, PDP got 158 while the APC got 259. At Unit 19, APC got 146 and PDP 85. From Unit 20, the APC got 259 votes and the PDP 208 votes and in Unit 21 the APC scored 128 votes and PDP got 98 votes.
Senator Matthew Urhoghide voted in Unit nine Ward two where the PDP scored 139 and the APC got 51 votes
The police declared the election peaceful in spite of some skirmishes that were recorded.
Three helicopters were deployed on patrol. They moved over the senatorial districts and waterways between 2pm and 6pm.
Speaking to reporters after the aerial patrol, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of Operations, Habila Joshak, who led a team of security agents across the state, said there was no major security issue.
He said: “With adequate preparation and education of the electorate and with the needed equipment availed security agencies, we can conduct peaceful, free and fair election in this country.
“Even though this country is yet to accept politics as a way of electing leaders to govern us, respect the laws when not elected and celebrate with decorum when elected, we recorded just one or two incidents of people attempting to replay some of the old practices.
“I would say the election was 99 per cent peaceful. If there were arrests made, it was to restrain people from carryout any action that will threaten the conduct of the poll. They might not be serious issues. But those arrested will be brought to the command headquarters and interrogated.
“We will look at the cases and tell you what happened. But right now, I can only say that some people tried to exploit the peculiarities of some polling booths that are remotely located and not easily accessible to armed policemen. They attempted that but in each of the attempt, some arrests were made. No weapons recovered.”