Ayorinde Oluokun/Jethro Ibileke
Even with high traffic build up in the major roads that traverse the city, Benin, the capital of Edo State was calm on Friday morning.
Though the 14 political parties participating in the state’s governorship election which was less than 24 hours away were supposed to have rounded off their campaigns on Thursday, as at the time of writing this story, some of the posters deployed for publicity by the contestants, their parties and supporters are still firmly in place on billboards, walls of buildings, offices, private homes and other places where they were pasted.
Yet, another indication of the imminence of the governorship election were convoys of government officials and security operatives moving with sirens in the state capital and other places.
Some of the residents who spoke to this magazine indicated that they will soon leave for their villages later in day in order in order to perform their civic duties.
Though 14 candidates are participating in the election, the two candidates on the lips of the voters are Governor Godwin Obaseki who is seeking re-election on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The two candidates had campaigned across the 192 wards of the State, using every trick possible to outwit the other in order to gain the support of the electorate.
The two candidates were not strangers when it comes to gubernatorial battle. Obaseki and Ize-Iyamu were also the leading candidates in the 2016 Edo gubernatorial election. Obaseki, who contested on the platform of APC defeated Ize Iyamu, then of PDP, in the 2016 battle by a slim margin.
In tomorrow’s contest, both candidates have switched platforms with Obaseki now the flag bearer of PDP while Ize Iyamu is the candidate of APC.
Below are other facts to know about the two gubernatorial candidates
Governor Godwin Obaseki
Pastor Osagie Ize-lyamu