👤 Abdul Tukur, DENISAURUS News
The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki has won the 2020 Governorship election with a resounding number of votes, securing a second term in office on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The vote which took place on Saturday, was a contest between the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who received 41.6% of the votes and shamefully lost his Local Government Area to the incumbent governor, despite the support of a two time Governor of Lagos, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu, who had previously lost an election to Governor Obaseki, as a candidate of the PDP, was also backed by Adams Oshiomhole, the suspended chairman of the APC.
Mr Oshiomole had vowed not to give Governor Obaseki a chance for a second term, and the ticket was not given to him, but instead Pastor Ize-Iyamu was selected as the party’s candidate.
But, Governor Obaseki, went on to win the election with 307,955 votes.
A former Governor of Imo Rochas Okorocha said the election result was a sign of how bad things has gotten with the ruling APC as it does not even have a governor in the south-south.
“If the report I am getting from Edo is not quite interesting when injustice comes into a matter, the centre can no longer hold and that is the problem of the party. I forewarned about what is happening today in our party and if the result in Edo comes out and PDP wins, it means we don’t have APC in the south-south, that is a bad sign,” Senator Okorocha said.
He adds: “The truth is, what I have been talking about has come to play. If PDP wins in Edo, I will not congratulate the PDP, I will congratulate the Edo people. I congratulate them for standing up against injustice because the people that voted for Obaseki are not only PDP, even people in the APC voted for him. They want to stand up for injustice, Edo people are not docile, they know what they want and how they want it”
While speaking to the press in Abuja, Senator Okorocha, who represents Imo West in the upper chamber, having served 8-years as governor of the state, noted that the party is no longer a force like it was when it was first formed.
“There is no more APC, what we have is the respect for President Muhammed Buhari, that is what is keeping us together. What we have is our respect for the person of President Muhammadu Buhari and we still believe that something can be done.”