The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has postponed the Edo State governorship elections earlier stated for Saturday, September 10.
INEC says the election will now hold on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.
The agency made the U-turn on Thursday evening, few hours after it had said that it would go ahead with the election against the advise of Nigerian security agencies.
The Nigeria Police and Department of State Services (DSS) had advised INEC to postpone the governorship election scheduled for Saturday for security reasons.
The two security agencies said the advise was based on credible intelligence at its disposal, which suggests that insurgents are planning to attack vulnerable communities and soft targets, with high population during the forthcoming Sallah celebrations between 12th and 13th September.
Meanwhile, the Peoples’ Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress have reacted to INEC’s decision to postpone the Edo polls.
The State Chairman of the APC, Mr Anslem Ojezua described the postponement as not unusual. He also said that securing the lives of residents in the state must remain a priority.
On his part, the PDP Chairman in state, Mr Dan Orbih said that the nation’s democracy is being threatened.