The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the Edo governorship election, Gov. Godwin Obaseki, on Sunday said the perception with the public and the people is that the election will be manipulated.
Obaseki stated this when he played host to the Senate Committee on (INEC), on a courtesy visit to the government house in Benin.
According to him, as government we have made all the resources at our disposal available to all agencies of government that are going to handle the conduct of the election whether INEC or the security agencies.
“We want to believe that INEC, the umpire, will conduct a free, fair and credible election.
“And that it doesn’t matter what happens in the polling units, because of what they term federal might, and that federal might may be deployed to the state.
“Fortunately, also that perception has been reinforced by the the calibre of people who are leading the campaign on the side.
Obaseki made references to Kano, Imo and Kogi and the alleged roles their governors were playing in Edo.
“The governor of Imo came into the city with a full convoy of military men two days ago.
“So, with those kind of people around it doesn’t help the confidence.
“There is a massive fear that Edo election will be manipulated.
Obaseki also alluded to some survey reports that showed the respondent’s belief that they will not get fair outcome.
“INEC has to convince the people even when they had made all preparations and put all the process in place.
“The issue of perception must be addressed. INEC must come out very clearly to prove that they are truly independent.