The Edo governorship election scheduled to hold on 19 September 2020, is one of seven off-season elections across Nigeria’s 36states. Edo is strategic for national politics. Prior to June 2020, when Edo’s incumbent defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), it was the only state in the South-South geopolitical zone led by a non-PDP Governor. The election is high stakes for the two main political parties and could potentially have a bearing on the 2023 general elections.
In this report, the Centre for Democracy and Development analyses the political environment in the lead-up to the election, including voting trends, electioneering dynamics, and instances of political violence. The report also examines the political implications of the conduct and outcomes of the 2020 election for both Edo State and the country at-large.