Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Godwin Obaseki receives his certificate of return from Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). INEC has issued certificates of return to Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his deputy, Phillip Shaibu.
Governor Obaseki was returned elected by INEC after polling the highest number of votes in the keenly-contested election conducted on Saturday, September 19.
The PDP candidate won with a difference of 84,336 over APC’s candidate. Obaseki won 13 of 18 local governments, including his major contender’s local government in Edo State, while Ize-Iyamu won in five local governments.
The governor secured 307,955 of the total votes, 84,336 more votes than the APC candidate,Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who got 223, 619 votes.
Obaseki was declared winner on Sunday at the office of the electoral umpire in Benin City, which doubled as the final collation centre by INEC Returning Officer for the poll, Professor Akpofure Rem-Rukeh.
Mrs May Agbmuche-Mbu, the National Commissioner, INEC in charge of Edo, Rivers, and Bayelsa made the presentation on Tuesday at the INEC office in Aduwawa, Benin City, the Edo State capital.
Mrs. Agbmuche-Mbu commended stakeholders particularly the security agencies for their role in the smooth conduct of the governorship poll.
“I hereby certify that Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been elected to the office of governor of Edo State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at the election held on the 19th of September 2020,” Agbmuche-Mbu said while presenting the certificate to Obaseki.
Godwin Obaseki during an address shortly after he received his certificate of return offered an olive branch to leaders and members of the opposing party, All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
The Governor called on Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the flagbearer of the APC, and other members to join in the administration of the state and in moving Edo State forward.
He also stated that the fight is over between him and his predecessor Adams Oshiomole who is also the former Chairman of the APC.
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