(By Ndubuisi Orji – BENIN)
The Edo State governorship election witnessed large turnout of voters in most of Central Senatorial District of the state. Before 8am, when the election was scheduled to begin, most of the voters had besieged the various poling units in the five local government areas in the senatorial zone.
Accreditation of voters and voting started in most part of the zone a little after 8am. A former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)Board of Trustees (BoT) , Chief Anthony Anenih was among the earliest voters. The PDP leader, who arrived his polling unit at Uzenema Primary School in Arue- Uromi, Esan North East Local. Government Area, a few minutes past 8am and voted at about 8.30 am in polling unit 8 in the primary school.
In an interview with journalists, the PDP described the election in his locality as peaceful and confirmed that electoral materials arrived the area on time.
However, he said it is too early to make a general comment on the conduct of the governorship poll in the state.
Anenih expressed optimism that the PDP governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu will win the election, noting that been a religious leader he would give good governance to the people of the state.
Similarly, the PDP deputy governorship candidate, Mr John Yakubu who is from the same polling unit as Anenih, voted at about 10.05 am. After casting his vote, Yakubu commended the process and his preference to the practice where electorates are allowed to cast their votes immediately after the they are accredited.