Edo Decides: Obaseki Leads In 13 LGAs

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party has pulled a surprise in the Saturday’s Edo State governorship election after recording commanding 250,345 votes in the ongoing collation exercise from 13 local government areas.

In the ongoing results announced by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday, the governor’s challenger, Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress has registered 154,192 votes, so far.

Results from 13 local government areas have so far been collated at the INEC collation exercise in Benin City, the state capital.

Edo State has 18 local government areas and the election was held in all the local government areas.

Mr Obaseki has won in 11 LGAs including his home Oredo LGA, the largest, while Mr Ize-Iyamu has only picked two, Owan East and Etsako West, Adam Oshiomhole’s LGA.

Obaseki won his first election in 2016 as a candidate of the APC, principally supported by Mr Oshiomole, the immediate past governor and former chairman of the APC. Mr Ize-Iyamu was then the candidate of the PDP.

But in the course of his term as the governor, Mr Obaseki became estranged with Mr Oshiomhole, causing an epic political battle now being capped off with his expected victory today.

The battle contributed to the fall of Mr Oshiomhole as the chairman of the APC. But Mr Obaseki also could not get that party’s ticket and he had to switch to the PDP with his deputy, Phillip Shaibu.

Below is a breakdown of the votes awarded to both main candidates in 13 local government areas:

Esan West

APC – 7,189
PDP – 17,434

Oredo

APC – 18,365
PDP – 43,498

Esan South-East 

APC – 9,237
PDP – 10,563

Etsako West

APC – 26,140
PDP – 17,959

Ovia North-East

APC – 9,907
PDP – 16,987

Owan West

APC – 11,193
PDP – 11,485

Owan East

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APC – 19,295
PDP – 14,762

Egor

APC – 10,202
PDP – 27,621

Uhunmwonde 

APC – 5,972
PDP – 10,022

Ikpoba Okha 

APC – 18,218
PDP – 41,030

Esan Central

APC – 6,719
PDP – 10,794

Esan North-East

APC – 6556
PDP – 13,579

Igueben LG

APC – 5199
PDP – 7870

More later…