- Governor Godwin Obaseki has stated that religious sentiment did not play any role in the just concluded Edo guber poll
- The governor said voters in the state did not consider religious affiliation before casting their votes for the PDP
- The governor was referring to the fact that the APC deputy governorship candidate in the poll was a Muslim
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The Edo governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki has commended electorate in the state for coming out en masse to reelect him and his deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu, adding that religious sentiment didn't play any role in the just concluded election.
Addressing Muslim faithful at a Special Jumat service in Benin city, to commemorate Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary, the governor who was represented by his special adviser on parliamentary affairs, Alhaji Kabiru Adjoto, commended the electorate in the state for shunning religious sentiment.
“Edo people voted for Obaseki because the people know that he is doing the right thing to make life favourable for the masses. We should pray for him to carry out his responsibility as governor.
“I thank you all for your steadfastness, prayers and support in moving the state forward and not allowing sentiment to determine your choice in the just-concluded governorship election in the state.”
Adjoto commended Governor Obaseki for building a large Hajj camp for the Muslim faithful in the state that can accommodate over 2,000 persons.
On his part, the Chief Imam of Benin Central Mosque, Alhaji Fatai Enabulele commended Governor Obaseki for his administration's giant strides in the last four years which he noted translated to massive votes for the governor’s reelection.
Meanwhile, 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.
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