INEC Declares APC’s Godwin Obaseki Winner of Edo governorship election as PDP Kicks

By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the Edo State governorship election, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has been declared winner of the poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

He defeated his main rival and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, with 66,310 more votes.

Obaseki polled 319,483 votes as against Ize-Iyamu’s 253, 173 votes.

INEC’s Returning Officer, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, who declared Obaseki winner, said he had met all conditions required to be returned as governor elect for the state.

Obaseki had claimed an early lead in the poll, but half way into the election, the tie had been evenly posed with results appearing to be likely to swing in either candidate’s direction.

With results for nine of the 18 local government areas in the state collated around 11am, Obaseki had won five LGAs and polled 142,424 votes as against Ize-Iyamu’s four LGAs and 136,808 votes.

The results for the remaining nine local governments, however, saw the APC candidates lead widen, paving way for his victory.

The collation and announcement of the result was not without incident.

Hundreds of PDP supporters held a protest at the INEC office in Benin where the exercise was taking place.

The protesters alleged that results from their areas were manipulated and that there results were cancelled in areas that were PDP strongholds. They called on INEC to suspend collation of result from the areas, including Esan North-East LGA.

The protesters were, however, dispersed by the police with tear gas as the protest became more heated.

Also, some agents, including that of KOWA Party, called for the cancellation of the result, with others, including the APC candidate urging them to go to court.

Also, PDP’s agent, Chris Agbonwanegbe, refused to sign the result sheet, saying it was “rehearsed and produced”.

See collated results for all LGAs below:

Owan West
APC: 12,862

PDP: 10,132

Egor
APC: 26,177

PDP: 19,514

Esan North East
APC: 9,130

PDP: 16,220

Igueben
APC: 7,802

PDP: 7,560

Uhunmwode
APC: 10,911

PDP: 8,667

6 Esan South East

APC: 9,554

PDP: 11,466

Oredo
APC: 37,612

PDP: 30,492

Orhionmwon
APC: 15,262

PDP: 16,446

Esan West
APC 13,114

PDP 16,311

Owan East
APC: 21, 233
PDP: 12,889

Ovia North East
APC: 17,561

PDP: 13,141

Esan Central
APC: 9,781

PDP: 10,180

Etsako East
APC: 18,078

PDP: 12,552

Etsako Central
APC: 10,373

PDP: 8,827

Etsako West
APC: 29,199

PDP: 10,843

Ikpoba-Okha
APC: 33,469

PDP: 26,096

Akoko-Edo
APC: 24,545

PDP: 13,027

18. Ovia South-West

APC: 12,820

PDP: 8,810

Total:

APC: 319,483

PDP: 253,173

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