PDP’s Incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki Declares Winner Of Edo Election By INEC

Governor Godwin Obaseki (left) and his Deputy Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu reelected for a second term in office


The people of Edo State ignored all the plea by the disgraced National Chairman of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) party Comrade Adams Oshiomhole who reportedly knelt down from one end of Edo State to the other asking Edo people to vote against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He begged them to vote for his candidate Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

Edo people also ignored the video from the former Lagos State Governor Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu released at the wake of the just concluded governorship elections in Edo requesting them to vote for the APC. Edo people appeared to have thronged out on Saturday September 19, 2020 to register their displeasure with the godfatherism politics of both Tinubu and Oshiomhole as well as the government of the APC as they overwhelmingly voted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and incumbent governor who recently dumped the APC for the PDP few months to the election.

Obaseki dumped the APC when it became obvious that Oshiomhole and the APC would not back him for a second term in office. Oshiomhole wanted to start the dangerous practice of deciding who becomes Edo State governor, which his party man, Tinubu had mastered over the years in Lagos State. He forgot that Edo State is not Lagos State with a docile population that has refused to rise up to godfatherism.

But after the high-tension election, which made the APC government deploy over 30,000 policemen to the state even though the federal government would not deploy such number of police to monitor the killings on Abuja-Kaduna road and Lokoja-Okene road, Edo people refused to be intimidated by the antics of the ruling party as the came out in their thousands to vote for Obaseki and the PDP leaving the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with no other option than to declare the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Godwin Obaseki, winner of the governorship election in Edo State.

The INEC’s Returning Officer, Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, announced the result of the election on Sunday. Obaseki of PDP polled 307,955 votes to defeat his closest rival, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, of the All Progressives Congress, who got 223,619 votes. Rim-Rukeh, while declaring Obaseki winner, said the incumbent governor was returned elected after satisfying all requirements in line with the law. Obaseki of PDP ran against APC standard-bearer Ize-Iyamu and 13 others.

Obaseki was elected on APC’s platform in 2016 but defected to the PDP after being denied the ticket owing to intra-party squabbles spearheaded by the leadership of the APC.

Edo State Declared Results

1) Igueben LGA

PDP 7,870

APC 5,199

Total 13170

Total votes cast 13,382

Election materials snatched in Ward 8, Unit 2

2) Esan North-East

APC 6,556

PDP 13579

Valid votes 20,369

Total votes cast 20,730

3) Esan Central

APC 6,719

PDP 10,794

4) Ikpoba-Okha

APC 18,218

PDP 41,030

5) Uhunmwonde

APC 5,972

PDP 10,022

6) Egor LGA

APC 10,202

PDP 27,621

7) Owan East

APC 19,295

PDP 14,762

8) Owan West

APC 11,193

PDP 11,485

9) Esan South-East

APC 9,237

PDP 10,565

10) Ovia North East

APC 9,907

PDP 16,987

11) Etsako West LGA

APC 26,140

PDP 17,959

12) Oredo LGA

APC 18,365

PDP 43,498

13) Esan West

APC 7,189

PDP 17,434

14) Akoko Edo LGA

APC – 22,963

PDP – 20,101

15) Etsako East LGA

APC – 17,011

PDP – 10,668

16) Etsako Central LGA

APC 8,359

PDP 7,478

17) Orhiomwon LGA

APC 10,458

PDP 13,445

18) Ovia South-West

APC – 10,636

PDP – 12,659

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