The Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, and his APC deputy governorship candidate, Gani Audu, have all expressed confident that their emerge winner in the governship election.
They are both from Etsako West Local Government Area, Edo North Senatorial District of Edo State.
Shaibu, deputy governship candidate of the PDP diacolsed this morning while speaking with journalists shortly after casting his vote at his polling unit, Jattu, Etsako West Local Government.
Shaibu voted at his Ward 11, unit 5, at about 10: 30 am.
” I am optimistic that we will win the election. You know I am a man of the people and we have a technocrat as a governor, people who ordinarily would not have come are out to vote, so I am expecting bigger victory,” he boasted.
He said though he was satisfied with the turn out of voters but it would have been more if not for intitial tension that follow the electioneering campaign.
” I have never lose election, I am a grass root politician and a man of the people. The crowd would have been more than this but I think as times goes on, people will turned up for the election,
“Don’t forget this is my community and whether there is gun shot or not they must stand by me,” he added.
He said at the moment, the election is peaceful but he was not sure what will happen later.
” But you know at this time of election, things are usually peaceful, thing get worse during collation of result,” he said.
” I heard that in some strong hold of the governor card readers are not working well but I am yet to confirm that,” he said.
On his part, Audu arrived his polling unit, Ward 7, unit 13, Ughioli Primary School Aviele, at Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo at about 11:10am to cast his vote, commended the electorate for conducting themselves peacefully.
“You can see, Edo is an APC state. I don’t have any doubts at all that we will win this election, APC will win this election at the end of the day. No doubt at all.
“The process is okay, I just came, used the Card Reader, accreditation was done and I voted, very simple.
“The turn out is massive. In fact, I am seeing the turn out in this for the first time in the history of elections in this village. The turn out is massive and it is fine”, he said.
Voting had however ended as at when filing this report as collation begins.