Edo election: Oyegun congratulates Obaseki, Shaibu on electoral victory

Edo election: Oyegun congratulates Obaseki, Shaibu on electoral victory

- Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has congratulated Edo state governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, on his re-election

- The former APC national chairman also reserved very complimentary remarks for Obaseki's deputy, Philip Shaibu

- Oyegun, 81 also threw jibes at Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Comrade Adams Oshiomhole in his congratulatory statement

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A former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has congratulated Edo state governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, on his re-election.

In congratulating the governor, Oyegun, a well-respected elder statesman, threw a jibe at his successor in the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and former Lagos state governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

Oyegun, in a statement on Tuesday, September 22 noted that Obaseki's victory at the poll shows that egocentric politicking could be overcome.

Edo election: Oyegun congratulates Obaseki, Shaibu on electoral victory
Chief Oyegun congratulated Obaseki and Shaibu on their electoral victory in Edo state. Photo credit: @OfficialAPCNg
Source: UGC

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Tinubu was the arrowhead of APC chieftains who forced Oyegun out as APC national chairman in 2018, installing Oshiomhole, himself a former Edo state governor as the ruling party's chair.

In the days leading up to the Edo governorship election, Oyegun refused to endorse the APC governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as a leader of the party.

On election day, Obaseki, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won in Oyegun's polling unit.

Oyegun said in the statement sent to journalists:

“Please accept my deepest congratulations, Mr Governor on your re-election as governor of our great Edo state.
“You and your exemplary deputy have shown that with good work and principled leadership, the ills of overbearing and egocentric politicking in our nation can be overcome.
“Your very significant victory marks a watershed in Edo and indeed Nigerian politics and so places additional responsibilities on your shoulders.
“I wish you and your deputy four more years of inspired and productive leadership of our people who have reposed so much confidence in you.”

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Meanwhile, a coalition of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) accredited domestic observers for Edo state governorship election have expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the exercise.

The domestic observer groups at a press conference in Benin city on Monday, September 21 noted that the election was free, credible, transparent and met international standards.

Similarly, a foremost pro-democracy think tank, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has rated the conduct and outcome of the September 19 governorship election in Edo state as relatively credible, despite the challenges and infractions, which dogged the process.

CDD which deployed 250 stationary and roving observers to keep a close eye on key processes in the election, handed down its verdict in a final observation briefing held on Monday, September 21 noting that the election was relatively peaceful when compared to recent polls by INEC.

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