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Students protest in Edo, want new date for governorship election

06 September 2016, 14:03

Benin City - Secondary school students in Edo State have called for a shift in date of the governorship election in the state from September 10 to another date, reports Daily Trust.

The student said the election clashed with their Mathematics examination also scheduled by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) for the same day.

The students who stormed the Government House, Benin City on Monday with placards with various inscriptions said holding the examination and the poll same day would disenfranchise them, reports Guardian

They students also said they would kick against any plan to be moved to other states for the Mathematics examination as planned by WAEC, noting that such move would not only disorganise them but also put them at a disadvantage.

The student called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Adams Oshiomhole to come to their aid, pointing out that their future must not be sacrificed for election.

Also read: PDP accuses Oshiomhole, APC of planning to rig Edo guber election

Responding, Governor Oshiomhole said he would pass their protest letter to the President, saying that the election was fixed by INEC, which is an independent body.

“I was not consulted when the election for September 10 was scheduled. By law, INEC has the power to make those decisions. The law doesn’t oblige them to consult with me or to seek my approval,’’ he said.

- News 24


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