Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki Wins A second Term

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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.

INEC’s Returning Officer, Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, announced the total result of the election and formally declared Obaseki, winner of the election.
Mr Obaseki polled 314,676 votes to defeat his main rival, Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who scored 223,619 votes.

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.

                                  Full Results

APC                PDP
Esan North East      6,556              13,579

Esan Central           6,719              10,794

Igueben                 5,199               7,870

Ikpoba Okha         18,218              41,030

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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.”