Nigeria ’s immediate past Senate President , Bukola Saraki , has urged voters in Edo State to protect their votes in the Saturday governorship election .
He said this in a series of tweets after voting was concluded at many units in the election .
Saraki said, “ The on -going # EdoDecides 2020 is getting to the crucial stages. I urge the good people of Edo State not to get carried away but to protect their votes.
“ The enthusiasm and patriotic conduct of the good people of Edo State must not be thwarted or subverted by any @inecnigeria official , either permanent or ad- hoc ; or any security personnel , no matter the rank.
“ Nigeria ’s glory is more important than the huge ego of politicians . And so @inecnigeria
and security officials must work to protect Nigeria ’s image and not to satisfy the whims and caprices of some power- hungry politicians .”
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Voting began in most polling stations around 9 : 30 am.
The majority of stations closed at 3 : 00 pm , but registered voters still waiting at some centres were allowed to cast their ballots.Final results are expected on Sunday .
Although 17 political parties have fielded candidates for the vote , it is a two -way race between All Progressives Congress and Peoples Democratic Party.
Incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki of the PDP ran against APC standard -bearer Osagie Ize -Iyamu.
Obaseki was elected on APC ’s platform in 2016 but defected to the PDP after being denied the ticket owing to intra -party squabbles.
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