After the long wait, the people of Edo State will gather at the poll today to either elect a new governor or hand another term to the incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
In total, 14 political parties have presented candidates for today’s election in the South-South state but the real contest is expected to be between Mr Obaseki and Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).
As it was Four years ago, where Obaseki and Ize-Iyamu were the leading contestants in the election. But both candidates have since switched sides with Mr Obaseki moving from the APC to the PDP – after he fell out with his political benefactor and former national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole – and Mr Ize-Iyamu moving from the PDP to the APC
Though the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced that there are 2,210,534 registered to vote in the state, only 1,726,738 of them who have collected their permanent voters’ cards (PVC) are eligible to vote in today’s election.