Edo Poll: EU, British Council Sue For Peace

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The British Council and European Union (EU) yesterday, in Benin, sued for peace in the conduct of governorship election in Edo State.

This is coming as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (ACP), Mr Godwin Obaseki has raised an alarm over the shooting of some of his supporters in Okpella by hired thugs, allegedly recruited by the opposition party.

Mr Ben James, political counsel at the British High Commission and Mr Richard Young, deputy head of delegation, EU, both made the call after meeting with the governorship candidate of the APC.

It would be recalled the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had on Thursday night postponed the governorship election to September 28, from the earlier date of September 10.

The Department of State Security and the Nigeria Police Force had called for the postponement of the poll, citing security reasons.

The council and EU, who are foreign observers for the poll, appealed to all critical stakeholders, including INEC and security agencies to prepare well for the new date.

The foreign observers also called for increase in communication between the political actors, security agencies and the INEC.

According to James, “Our concern is that the elections on the 28th of September are held peaceful, conclusive and credible. And that all the institutions, the parties, INEC, the police and other security agencies does everything they can to make sure the people of Edo can decide who the next governor would be.

 

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