Collation of votes was still on this morning – as of 1a.m. – in the Edo State governorship election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which said the state collation would begin today, was yet to announce the results, but from unofficial but credible sources at the local governments collation centres, The Nation learnt that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was leading. Its candidate is Godwin Obaseki.
The party was said to be leading in four out of Edo North’s six local governments – Akoko Edo, Owan East, Owan West and Etsako West, home of Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
There were no hints about Etsako Northeast and Etsako North Central.
In Edo South, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was leading in Orhionwon where its candidate Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu hails from. It is also the home of Deputy Governor Pius Odubu.
Also in Edo South, APC was leading in Oredo, Egor, Ilepoba/Okha and Uhunmode.
In Ovia Northeast and Southwest, the situation was unclear as of the time of going to the press.
In Edo Central, PDP was leading in Esan West, Esan Central, Esan Northeast and Esan Northwest.
In Igueben, former Foreign Minister and PDP chieftain Tom Ikimi’s local government, the APC was leading.
Here are some details from Oredo Local Government:
Oredo Ward 12 (PDP)
Collation Officer (Adegoke YO)
Number of registered voters (20,143). Accredited (4,399). APC (2,041). PDP (2,066).
Valid votes (4178). Rejected (221). Vote cast (4399).
Oredo Ward five (APC)
Collation officer (Godwin Fajimi Ayodele).
Registered (21,848). Accredited (6,218). APC (3,445). PDP (2266).
Valid votes (5,842). Rejected votes (342). Votes cast (6,184).
New Benin Two (APC)
Collation Officer (Dr. Ruth Ajobiewe)
Registered (30,535). Accredited (9191). APC (4416). PDP (4047).
Valid votes (8627). Rejected votes (564). Votes cast (9191).
New Benin One (Ward 6) (APC)
Collation officer (Dr. Bifatife Adeseye)
Registered (16112). Accredited (4536). APC (2,327). PDP (1901).
Valid votes (4314). Rejected votes (216). Votes cast (4530).
Oredo Ward four (APC)
Collation officer (Mrs. Bridget Olaiya)
Registered voters (20,111). Accredited voters (4911). APC (3058). PDP (1541). Valid votes (4675). Rejected votes (218). Votes cast (4893).
Oredo Ward 10: (APC)
Collation Officer (Dr. Adeyefa Emmanuel)
Registered voters (22,349). Accredited voters (5,814). APC (2,910), PDP (2,384).
Total Valid Votes (5,389). Rejected (425). Total votes cast (5,814).
Oredo Ward nine (APC)
Collation officer (Dr. Olusola Ayanda)
Registered votes (13,765). Accredited (4,093). APC (1,918). PDP (1,833). Valid votes (3810). Rejected (283). Votes cast (4093).
Oredo Ward one (APC)
Collation officer (Dr. Olubosede Olusayo).
Total registered (28,027). Accredited (7275). APC (3964). PDP (2746).
Valid Votes (6,808). Rejected (310). Votes cast (7118).
Oredo Ward 8 (APC).
Collation officer (Dr. Anibueze Anslem Uchenna)
Registered (21,137). Accredited (6,097). APC (2816). PDP (2770). Valid votes (5673). Rejected (418). Votes cast (6091).