Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Godwin Obaseki has been declared winner of the election in Edo State held yesterday, September 19.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC’s) returning officer, Professor Akpofure Rim-Rukeh announced the total result of the election today, September 20.
According to him, PDP polled 307,955 votes while the All Progressives Congress (APC) got 223,619 votes.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Governor Obaseki, who is coming in for a second term, having won the first election about four years ago on the platform of the APC. He dumped the APC for the PDP for the purpose of securing a second term.
In a congratulatory message, President Buhari asked Obaseki to show grace in victory.
The President, who commended the election process in Edo State, assured that his commitment to free and fair elections is firm, adding that without free and fair elections, the foundation of the country’s political and moral authority will be weak.
“I have consistently advocated for free and fair elections in the country because it is the bedrock of true democratic order.
“Democracy will mean nothing if the votes of the people don’t count or if their mandate is fraudulently tampered with.”
He commended the people of Edo State, the parties, candidates and security agencies for conducting themselves responsibly.