- Governor Godwin Obaseki has been declared the winner of the Edo governorship election
- Obaseki who defected to PDP after he was disqualified by the APC, polled 307,955 to defeat Osagie Ize-Iyamu
- Ize-Iyamu, however, won in 5 local governments while Obaseki won in 13 local governments
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Godwin Obaseki, the winner of the governorship election held in Edo state on Saturday, September 19.
Legit.ng reports that after collating and sorting of the election results, the electoral umpire declared that Obaseki won 13 local governments out of the 18 local government areas of the state.
The election was keenly contested between the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Obaseki.
Obaseki polled a total number of 307,955 to defeat his main challenger, Ize-Iyamu who scored 223,619.
Governor Obaseki was returned elected after polling the highest number of votes in the election.
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The INEC returning officer for the poll declared the governor as the winner on Sunday, September 20, at the office of the electoral umpire in Benin City, which doubled as the final collation centre.
A total of 14 political parties fielded candidates to jostle for the office of the governor in the state.
It is the first governorship poll to be conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) since the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the election results released so far by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) indicated that the incumbent governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki, maintained an early lead over his main challenger and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
It was reported that the governorship election was conducted in the state on Saturday, September 19, as the INEC started announcing results of polls conducted across the state.
In another report, Obaseki voted at Emokpae Model School, unit 19, ward 4 in Oredo local government area of Edo state alongside his wife Betsy Obaseki on Saturday, September 19.
Obaseki expressed confidence in winning the election and urged the electorate to remain steadfast while protecting their votes.
The governor also expressed disappointment in the way in which the poll is being conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
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