The Nigeria Police Force and the State Security Service gave this advice to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), though it remains unclear if INEC will heed the advice of the security agencies.
The election is expected to be strongly fought between the candidate of the incumbent governing All Progressives Congress (APC), Godwin Obaseki and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Meanwhile, the Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party said it has filed a suit at the Federal High Court in Benin seeking to disqualify the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Godwin Obaseki, from contesting the September 10 governorship election.
The party is asking the court for a declaration that Obaseki’s statement that he graduated from the University of Ibadan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Studies in 1976, made under oath in the Independent National Election Commission form CF001, Part B, Paragraph C and dated July 11, 2016, was false.
The defendants in the suit with reference number FHC/B/CO/120/16, dated September 1, 2016, are Obaseki and INEC.
The Edo State Chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, who disclosed this on Tuesday, explained that the party’s assessment of the affidavit showed that the APC candidate allegedly lied on oath by providing false information.
Orbih argued that Obaseki’s claim that he graduated from the University of Ibadan in 1976, as deposed in a sworn affidavit in June, 2016, was false because he did not have the requisite number of passes to study Classical Studies.
No date has been fixed for hearing on the suit.
However, the Publicity Secretary of the Edo APC, Godwin Erhahon, said that while the PDP had the right to contest the eligibility of its (APC’s) candidate, the opposition party could not be the judge in the matter.
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