Tempers rise as Edo election gets into crunch time
By Nsikan Ikpe
Tempers are rising in Edo State at the moment as the governorship elections scheduled to hold on Saturday, September 19, gets into crunch time.
According to field reports, the two leading political parties in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the All Progressives Congress, APC are currently locked in a frenetic contest to outwit each other on all fronts.
Observers say that the intensified pace of political activity has led to heightened tension which is not expected to go down until after the elections have been won and lost.
Already, operatives of the two leading parties are accusing each other of plans to undermine the process with allegations of voter inducement, thuggery and voters cards cloning already littering the news-waves.
It will be recalled that the Oba of Benin had recently waded into the situation by inviting the two leading candidates, Governor Godwin Obaseki of the PDP and Mr Osaze Ize Iyamu of the APC to make peace commitments at his palace.
On their part, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC had warned that it will not hesitate to bring down the full weight of the law on any erring party while the Nigeria Police has equally revealed that it has a contingency plan to tame all potential troublemakers in the state even as the polls take place.
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State