From Ndubuisi Orji, Benin
Edo State governor-elect, Mr Godwin Obaseki literary shut down Benin City, the capital of Edo State, yesterday evening, few minutes after he was declared winner of Wednesday’s governorship election.
Not long after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced his victory, the governor-elect, accompanied by his supporters, embarked on a road show in celebration. They drove through major streets in the state capital and caused heavy traffic jam.
At Ring Road, which is the centre of the city, Obaseki stood in an open roof Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) amid a convoy of cars with blaring siren. He waved happily at the residents with a broom in his hand.
Earlier, APC supporters had staged a jubilation rally around Ramat Park, also in the state capital, and a few metres away from INEC office. The APC supporters, who were wielding brooms which is the symbol of the party, had gathered around the park to counter Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supporters, ha were protesting the results in some polling units in Oredo government Area.
Meanwhile, the police have banned all forms of procession in the state.