By Simon Ebegbulem

BENIN—AHEAD of the March 28 and April 11 general elections, Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has tasked the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to ensure the delivery of voting materials to polling centres on time so as to guarantee credible democratic elections.

Meanwhile, the state government has alleged that it had uncovered plans by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to clone the voice of Governor Adams Oshiomhole, which would be used to send out messages in support of the PDP presidential candidate, Goodluck Jonathan.

In a statement by the Special Adviser, Media Affairs, to the governor, the state government urged people of the state and across the country to ignore such message as Oshiomhole was solidly behind the presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) and indeed all other candidates of the party.

The statement reads: “It has just come to the attention of government and the APC in Edo State that in a show of desperation, the PDP in the state has concluded plans to clone the voice of Governor Oshiomhole, by telling people and especially members of the APC, to vote for Jonathan.

“For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to state categorically that Edo State is fully in support of Buhari, the presidential candidate of the APC. The governor is unequivocal in his support for Buhari and all the APC candidates in Edo State and across the country.”

Meanwhile, Oshiomhole, who spoke when the Edo State INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, said: “One major area is the question of late arrival of materials. This has been a tool that INEC has used oftentimes, deliberately, to reduce the number of voters, but that is not the number that could have voted if INEC did not try to collude to delay the materials.”



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