By Adenike Lucas
The All Progressives Congress has won the Edo State Governorship elections held on Wednesday 28 September.
“Having fulfilled the requirements of the law and got the highest votes,” Godwin Obaseki of the APC was elected governor of the south south state.
Mr Obaseki who cast his vote in Oredo retained the seat for the APC with 319,483 votes while his closest rival Pastor Osagie Oze-Iyamu of the People’s Democratic Party polled 253,173 votes out the 582, 299 valid votes.
This month, President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo visited Benin city to campaign for Mr Obaseki.
A further breakdown of the results shows that Mr Obaseki, the current chairman of the Edo State Economic and Strategy Team inaugurated by the incumbent Governor Adams Oshiomhole in March 2009, won 13 out of 18 local government areas.
The APC candidate who won his ward, also received the highest votes in Akoko-Edo LGA, Ikpoba-Okha, Etsako West, Etsako General, Owan East LGA, Ovia North LGA, Uhunwomnde, Igueben LGA, Egor LGA and Owan West LGA.
Speaking after the result was announced Mr Obaseki said it was the “beginning of a new dawn in Edo State.
“The mandate you have given to me will be used to build and empower you.”
According to a statement by Garba Shehu, the President has called to congratulate the “government and people of Edo State on the successful conclusion of the gubernatorial election, and the victory of the All Progressives Congress candidate, Godwin Obaseki at the polls.”
The PDP candidate who won in North Central, Esan West LGA, Esan North East LGA has rejected the results.