Governor Godwin Obaseki, the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, has been re-elected for scoring the highest votes in Saturday’s Edo State governorship election.
The results of the election held in all Edo’s 18 local government areas were declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday in Benin, the state capital.
He won 13 of the 18 local government areas and thus scored more than 25 per cent of votes cast in two-thirds of the local government areas in the state to satisfy the second constitutional requirement to be declared governor.
However, Mr Ize-Iyamu picked the remaining five local government areas, including his main backer, Mr Oshiomhole’s Etsako West.
Obaseki won his first election in 2016 as a candidate of the APC, ably supported by Adams Oshiomhole, 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 Oshiomhole, tripping a tough political battle among them.
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.
A total of 14 parties contested the election but PDP and APC are the main parties.
Esan North East 6,556 13,579
Esan Central 6,719 10,794
Igueben 5,199 7,870
Ikpoba Okha 18,218 41,030
Uhunmwonde 5,972 16,741
Egor 10,202 27,621
Owan East 19,295 14,762
Owan West 11,193 11,485
Esan South East 9,237 10,565
Etsako West 26,140 17,959
Oredo 18,365 43,498
Ovia North East 9,907 16,987
Esan West 7,189 17,434
Akoko Edo 22,963 20,101
Etsako East 17,011 10,668
Etsako Central 8,359 7,478
Orhiaonmwon 10,458 13,445
Ovia South West 10,636 12,659
Meanwhile, Governor Godwin Obaseki has said that the outcome of the election in Edo state is a reflection of the will of the Edo People.
Reacting to his victory at the polls which held Saturday, September 19, Mr Obaseki said “The great people of Edo State have spoken and they have spoken loud and clear.”