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Edo elections: fighting breaks out in a polling station at Emokpae Model Primary School, Oredo LGA

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On Saturday there was a slight tension in a polling station in the state of Edo, where the governorship elections are held.

The incident took place at the Emokpae Model Primary School in the local government district of the state of Oredo.

Governor Godwin Obaseki, who is one of the candidates for the elections, has voted here.

Tropics Nigeria learnt that the factions arose as a result of a misunderstanding between an official of a political party and the alleged election observer.

This happened when some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were preparing for the elections.

The politician allegedly confused the observer with an agent of another party and challenged him to sit in a place intended for election officials.

As a result, both participated in an altercation, just like the other voters at the election site observed.

The situation was then brought under control after the intervention of the security forces on the spot.

Representatives of the two main political parties of the state argued about who should be blamed for the incident.

The elections in Edo are held in all 18 local government areas in the state.

Although fourteen political parties are expected to participate in the governor’s race, statistics show that the real race is between incumbent governor Godwin Obaseki of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Osagi Ize-Iyamu of the All-Progressive Congress (APC).

It is feared that the situation will deteriorate further, as was the case in the last elections, and the police and other security forces have ensured the safety of voters by urging them to behave in a very orderly manner.

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