More than 1.7 million registered voters are filing out in Edo State in today’s governorship poll to elect a new governor.
The main contenders are incumbent Gov. Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress’ Osagie Ize-Iyamu with 12 other candidates.
Political watchers say 12 of the 18 local government areas will be the deciders. They are Egor, Ikpoba/Okha, Oredo, Ovia North-East, Ovia South-West and Uhunmwode, Akoko Edo, Owan West, Owan East, Etsako East, Etsako West and Etsako Central.
Six of the 12 are located in the Edo South Senatorial District where both major contenders come from
The Senatorial District has the highest number of voters of 1,281,414 votes, according to the figures released by the Independent National Electoral Commission. This represents about 74 per cent of the entire voting populace which INEC put at 1,726,738.
Edo North Senatorial District has 564,122 voters. Edo Central Senatorial District which has 364,998 voters is PDP’s stronghold.
Interestingly, the trio of Oshiomhole, Shaibu and Audu who are from Edo North. The six LGAs in Edo North are: Akoko Edo, Owan East, Owan West, Etsako Central, Etsako West and Etsako East.
Eligible voters with permanent voter cards in the 18 LGAs, Akoko Edo has 115,343 voters; Egor has 158,817; Esan Central has 40,831; Esan North-East has 66,790; Esan South-East has 58,802; Esan West has 83,467; Etsako Central has 42,042; Etsako East has 67,715; Etsako West has 128,188; and Igueben has 34,988.
Others are Ikpoba/Okha with 214,822; Oredo, 240,197; Orhionmwon, 102,739; Ovia North-East, 113,167; Ovia South West, 77,468; Owan East, 77,827; Owan West, 46,245 and Uhunmwonde 57,290.