THE Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his deputy, Phillip Shaibu have received Certificates of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) having won in the September 19, Edo gubernatorial election.
The National Commissioner, INEC in charge of Edo, Rivers, and Bayelsa, May Agbmuche-Mbu made the presentation on today at the INEC office in Aduwawa, Benin City, the Edo State capital.
She commended stakeholders particularly the security agencies for their role in the smooth conduct of the governorship poll.
Obaseki displays his certificate of return
“I hereby certify that Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been elected to the office of Governor of Edo State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at the election held on the 19th of September 2020,” Agbmuche-Mbu said.
Governor Obaseki was returned elected by INEC after polling the highest number of votes in the keenly-contested election conducted on Saturday, September 19.
INEC Returning Officer for the poll, Professor Akpofure Rem-Rukeh, declared the governor as the winner on Sunday at the office of the electoral umpire in Benin City, which doubled as the final collation centre.
The governor secured 307,955 of the total votes, 84,336 more votes than his closest rival Ize-Iyamu, who got 223, 619 votes.
Meanwhile, Obaseki has offered an olive branch to leaders and members of the opposing party, All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
While delivering an address after he received his certificate of return said the fight is over between him and his predecessor Adams Oshiomole who is also the former Chairman of the APC.
He also called on the flagbearer of the APC, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and other members to join in the administration of the state and in moving Edo State forward.