The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared Obaseki winner of the governorship election.
INEC’s Returning Officer, Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, announced the result of the election on Sunday.
Obaseki of PDP polled 307,955 votes to defeat his closest rival, of the All Progressives Congress, Osagie Ize-Iyamu who got 223,619 votes.
There is great jubilation on the streets of Edo State.
Reactions from prominent Nigerians:
Former governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, in a tweet, congratulated Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and Peoples Democratic Party candidate in the election.
He urged the governor “to see this victory as a challenge by the people of Edo State to do more for them.
He also reacted said on Sunday that Saturday’s Edo State governorship election had demonstrated the possibility of free, fair, and credible elections in Nigeria.
Engr. Makinde, the Oyo State Governor, in a congratulatory message to Obaseki and Comrade Shaibu, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Edo State governorship election.
He also praised the National Campaign Council of the PDP led by the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike for a job well done.
He described it as a well-deserved victory, noting that it was gratifying to see the will of the people triumph.
The former President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan said, “I congratulate His Excellency Godwin Obaseki on his re-election as Edo State Governor and the INEC Nigeria for overseeing a process that allowed the votes of the good people of Edo to count.”
“Democracy can only be consolidated to promote good governance in our nation and continent when our elections become credible, transparent, and truly represent the wish of the voters.”
“Democracy is about the good of all the people and not for winners and losers. As the election has been contested and won. I urge His excellency to rise above partisan politics and govern for the good of Edo people, irrespective of party leaning.”
According to the source, the former Edo state governor, and former National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Adam Aliyu Oshiomohle has said that he has lost confidence with the independent National electoral commission (INEC).
He, Oshiomohle said this shortly after casting his vote at his polling unit. According to him, “we have lost confidence with INEC, we will not accept the outcome of this election.”
The All Progressive Congress (APC), has rejected the just concluded Saturday 19th September, 2020 in Edo State to the fact of alleged foul play. It called on party members to stay calm while party leaders study the result and decide what is next.
Source/Further Study/Reference: the Punch