Although his tenancy of Osadebay Street Government House will lapse on November 11, 2020, emerging realities about the September 19, 2020 governorship poll in Edo State, tend to favour the incumbent.
Going by the subsisting timetable announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the commission is expected to publish the notice of the election on June 1, 2020 in line with Section 30(1) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended). That would pave the way for the 18 INEC-recognised political parties to collect Forms, EC9B (revised form CF002) from the commission’s headquarters for distribution to the parties’ aspirants.
It is not known as yet, whether INEC would vary the timelines due to the ongoing containment measures for the COVID-19 pandemic, but INEC has maintained that so far, nothing on the released timetable has changed.
Concerns for the smooth takeoff the processes apart, it is believed that in the event that the incumbent goes ahead to win the gubernatorial contest, he would have demonstrated to his estranged political godfather, predecessor and current national chairman of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) that he has become the new GO (General Overseer) of Edo State politics.