The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has presented a certificate of return to the Edo state governor-elect, Godwin Obaseki following his victory in the Edo state governorship election.
Speaking at the ceremony held at the headquarters of the commission in Benin City, the Edo state capital, the Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC, Sam Olumekun, advised the Governor-elect to put the interest of the people first during his tenure.
Godwin Obaseki in his response said that his victory is proof that professionalism also pays in politics pledging to deepen democracy and build a people-oriented economy within the next four years.
Mr Godwin Obaseki emerged winner of the Edo State governorship election which held on Wednesday, September 28 after polling a total of 319,483 votes while his closest rival from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Osagie Ize-Iyamu, polled 253,173 votes.
The joy of his supporters knew no bounds as they took to the major streets of Benin City, the state’s capital to celebrate their party’s victory in what was described as a free and fair election.
This is was in spite of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu rejecting the results announced by INEC, alleging that voters were induced and that the state government collaborated with INEC to doctor the results in favour of the APC.
Both parties have since then been trading words over the fairness of the Edo election, with the ruling party insisting that it won the election fairly, having earned the victory through several achievements in the state in the past eight years.
The APC in Edo state has also described the PDP as “bad losers” for questioning the authenticity of the results announced by INEC.