Bloody Showdown As INEC Set To Declare Inconclusive Edo Guber Election

By Post Nigeria September 28, 2016 08:39

Bloody Showdown As INEC Set To Declare Inconclusive Edo Guber Election

After months of political intrigues, the people of Edo State will today, head to the poll to elect a successor to Governor Adams Oshiomhole, in what promises to be a hot contest, given the vast number of candidates.

The build-up to today’s Governorship election, had not been a tea party. From subtle moves, to alignment, and re-alignment of Politicians, who were hitherto in opposing camps.

While the vast number of candidates are expected to make the contest indeed interesting, there is no doubt that only a few are contenders, while others are mere pretenders, who are in the race to make up the numbers.

It is against this backdrop that many insist that the poll is going to be a two-horse race, between the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Head to head, both parties have what it takes to carry the day.

Recall, that both have held sway in the “Heartbeat State” at various times: PDP for 10 years (1999 to 2009), and the APC, for eight years (2009 to date), but politics, being a game of surprises, the likelihood of one of the “lesser parties” pulling a surprise, cannot be totally dismissed.

Besides, in determining who takes over the Dennis Osadebey Avenue, Edo State Government House, from Governor Oshiomhole, whose tenure would elapse in November, the election also serves as another test of might, between the APC and PDP.

Many had earlier argued, that it would be an exclusive preserve of the APC, given the party’s dominance of Edo politics since 2009, that it sacked the PDP-led government in the State, through the court, but the outcome of the 2015 general elections, not only boosted the confidence of the later, but altered the political calculation as well.