At last, the much-talked about September 19 Edo governorship election is here.
Armed with their Permanent Voter Cards, prospective electorate have begun to turn out for the poll in their respective polling booths across the state.
In Benin, the Edo State capital, initial reports monitored across the various television networks indicated peaceful scenarios so far.
But the process had yet to begin as of the time of filing this report.
Security agencies are said to be on top of the situation to ensure that there is no breach of the peace.
As reported on Friday night, about 200 armed policemen had laid siege to the hotel of the strongman of Rivers State, Governor Nyesom Wike of the PDP, to prevent him from moving freely around the State Capital to carry out his enterprise.
Governor Godwin Obaseki of the PDP and Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are expected to run neck-and-neck.
But this is as far as bookmakers’ prognoses go. There are feelers that the winner of the election may post an emphatic, wide margin of votes.