By Philips Sunday
Edo, (AN24) – The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate in the forthcoming governorship election in Edo state, Osaro Onaiwu, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to further shift the exercise from September 28, to October1, 2016.
Recall that the electoral umpire in the country had on Thursday last week, announced the postponement of the election scheduled for Saturday September 10 to September 28, citing security issues as the reason for its decision.
However, reacting to the new date, Onaiwu of APGA while briefing newsmen in Benin, the Edo state capital, stressed that further shift in the date of poll was necessary as Sept. 28 was the day students sitting for the ongoing General Certificate of Education (GCE) across the country would write Physics.
Speaking further, Onaiwu who noted that education is number one pillar in APGA’s manifesto, added that the authorities must be wary of threats from some of the students that they would sue INEC if they were prevented from voting in the election.
According to him, Oct.1 was the “earliest possible date” for the election because the shift would afford eligible voters among the students to participate in the election.
On the claim by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the election was postponed because it was obvious that the party would win, Onaiwu described the claim as a mere presumption.
In his words, “Are we going to wait for what happened in Rivers? PDP is crying because they know what we don’t know.
“Since security agencies said the election was not possible and INEC has shifted it, everybody should abide,” he said.
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