Godwin Obaseki, the incumbent Governor of Edo State and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has defeated Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, to win a second term as governor.
The gubernatorial poll is the first major election being conducted in Nigeria since the coronavirus pandemic started at the beginning of the year. He secured the highest polling the highest number of votes in the keenly-contested poll conducted on Saturday.
Obaseki secured 307,955 votes across 18 local government areas while Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), polled 223,619 votes. The governor won in 13 local government areas while Ize-Iyamu, his closest challenger, won in five.
A total of 14 political parties fielded candidates to jostle for the office of the governor in the state.
After announcing the results from all the local government areas, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the governor as the winner on Sunday at the office of the electoral umpire in Benin City, which doubled as the final collation centre.
Obaseki will officially begin his second term in office in November, 2020. Taking to Twitter, the governor congratulated residents of the state, referring to his re-election as “our victory”.
Words fail me in saluting our teeming supporters who displayed immense courage in the face of threats, intimidation and brutalization. The collective will of Edo people made it possible for us to triumph over godfatherism. Congratulations to all Edo people. This is our victory! pic.twitter.com/4X4Lfk3wMb
— Godwin Obaseki (GGO) (@GovernorObaseki) September 20, 2020
Governor Obaseki’s victory comes on the back of a tensed and heated electioneering process that saw him dump the APC after being disqualified from the primaries, join the PDP and overcome stiff opposition and criticism by members of his former party, including former ally and his predecessor Adams Oshiomhole.
It was a dramatic process that saw Obaseki run a governorship race against Ize-Iyamu for a second time in four years. Both men faced each other in 2016, albeit with Obasek flying the flag of the APC and Ize-Iyamu flying that of the PDP.
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