National Monitor Media reports that a certificate of return has been presented by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to Godwin Obaseki as the elected governor of Edo state.
Obaseki and Philip Shaibu, his deputy, both of whom contested in the state governorship election under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were presented with the certificate in Edo today.
The Commissioner declared Obaseki winner of the Saturday poll, after he got the highest votes.
POLITICSEdo2020: INEC Presents Certificate Of Return To ObasekiPublishedon 22.09.2020By Faderera Falade
While presenting the certificate of return to Obaseki, May Agbamuche-Mbu, INEC south-south national commissioner said Obaseki fulfilled all the constitutional requirements to emerge winner of the election.
After defeating the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, garnering 307,955 votes across 18 local government areas (LGAs) while Ize-Iyamu got 223,619 votes, Obaseki was re-elected.
The PDP candidate, who will begin his second term in office in November, 2020, won in 13 LGAs while Ize-Iyamu won in five.
Total votes cast is 550,242 while the total number of valid votes in the election is 537,407, and rejected votes – 12,835.
However, Ize-Iyamu is yet to accept the result though.
He hinted at challenging the outcome in court, saying his supporters were disenfranchised.
However, his party has since accepted the results, while admonishing Osagie Ize-Iyamu to congratulate Obaseki.
Also his Godfather, the Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole and the Chairman of the party’s National Campaign Council for the Edo election, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje are yet to make any comment.