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Information Influence: Disinformation During Edo’s 2020 Gubernatorial Election

Located at the centre of southern Nigeria, in the south-south geopolitical zone, Edo state was created in 1991 but it was not until 1999 that its first democratically elected leader – Chief Lucky Igbinedion of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) – was elected to power.

PDP ruled the state for nine years before a court order invalided Professor Osunbor’s election in 2007 and Adams Oshiomole won the 2008 re-run on the Action Congress (AC) ticket which merged into the All Progressive Congress (APC) in 2013.

Oshiomole was the Governor until 2016 and remains involved and influential in Edo politics to this day. But twelve years on from losing power in the state, the PDP has been emboldened by the recent defection of Governor Godwin Obaseki from the APC following a well-publicised
falling-out with Oshiomole in 2019.

This marriage of convenience between Obaseki and the PDP, who would relish the chance to come back to power and regain parity with the rest of the south-south states, presents a very interesting dynamic for Septembers gubernatorial election which pits the current governor against Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyeamu of the APC.