Residents of Edo state arrived the polling stations in large numbers across the state today to vote in a decisive election for governor in the state.
Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), also arrived early with election materials and were getting set to commence the conduct of the exercise.
At Fabiyi Akpata Primary School, Benin, many voters were present, while INEC officials and security agents were seen manning the units and maintaining order.
ACP, PDP, APC and ACPN agents in the six units said they were impressed by the conduct of the election and expressed hope that the exercise would be successful.
However, Premium Times gathered that violence erupted as voting progressed at Ikekato Ward 4, Unit 1, at Irua, Esan Central after supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress clashed during voting.
The attackers were said to be supporters of the PDP. This is even as the area is dominated by the party’s supporters.
It was also learnt that the violence also spread to units 1, 5, 6, 8 and 9 of the same Ward.
Security officials intervened to calm the situation, but the threats were still there as the thugs returned as soon as the police officers were gone.
They are nineteen candidates vying for the ticket to the Government House, but the main contestants are Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress and Andrew Ize-Iyamu of the Peoples Democratic Party.