Obaseki/Ize-Iyamu: Edo election kicks-off amid increased security

Voters have begun turning out in droves for the governorship election in Edo State with heavy presence of security operatives in cities, town and villages.

Traditionally busy streets, especially in Benin, have witnessed restriction of movement as residents move to their respective polling stations for accreditation.

Reports from other areas of Edo such as Uzzebba, Igueben, Auchi, Ososo, Ekpoma, Jattu and Ughoton among other towns and villages, say there is impressive turnout and orderly situation. Edo has 193 wards with 18 local government areas.

According to NAN, security operatives were present as early as 6am in strategic locations in the city centres of the three senatorial districts of Edo South, Central and North.

Boundaries including Edo South — Idogbo, Etete/Adesuwa, Oluku, Upper Siluko, Ologbo and Eyean — are supervised by security personnel authorised to engage motorists without permit in a stop-and-search.

The situation is similar in Ekpoma, Iruepken in Edo Central, Okepella, Jattu junction and Agbede in Edo North.

Incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki is seeking re-election with stern competition from Osagie Ize-Iyamu.