BREAKING: Obaseki re-elected Edo gov, floors APC, Ize-Iyamu [See results]

By AdvocateNews on 20/09/2020

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Governor  Godwin Obaseki celebrating his victory
Governor Godwin Obaseki celebrating his victory

Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has defeated the All Progressives Congress (APC) opponent, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, in the Saturday’s election.

The results collated from all LGAs shows that Obaseki scored 307,857 votes to beat his closest rival, Ize-Iyamu who polled  223,622 votes to second position. 

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, announced the results from local government areas from its office in Benin City on Sunday.

Obaseki won two-third of votes cast  in  all the LGAs after INEC announced results from the remaining all Local Government areas.

A total of 14 political parties fielded candidates to jostle for the office of the governor in the state.

It is the first governorship poll to be conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) since the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

While it held in some places in line with the COVID-19 protocols of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the compliance level was very low in other polling areas.

The announcement by the returning officer follows the collation of the results from all the 18 Local Government Areas of Edo where the election was conducted.

Governor Obaseki’s victory comes on the back of a tensed and heated electioneering process that saw him dump the APC after being disqualified from the primaries, join the PDP and overcome stiff opposition and criticism by members of his former party, including former ally and his predecessor Adams Oshiomhole.

It was a dramatic process that saw Obaseki run a governorship race against Ize-Iyamu for a second time in four years.

Both men faced each other in 2016, albeit with Obasek flying the flag of the APC and Ize-Iyamu flying that of the PDP.

A political rift between the governor and Oshiomhole which spiraled beyond the state to national politics, saw both men switch parties and square up against each other on platforms they once criticised.

The campaign, characterised by drama and controversy that did not spare the State House of Assembly, was tempered by the intervention of the Oba of Benin to calm fears that the poll could turn violence heightened.

A peace accord was also signed by all the candidates days before the poll as stakeholders made concerted efforts to ensure a successful poll.

Preliminary reports from some electoral observers have held that it was mostly peaceful and largely free and fair.

SEE DECLARED RESULTS

1) Igueben LGA

PDP 7,870

APC 5,199

Total 13170
Total votes cast 13,382

Election materials snatched in Ward 8, Unit 2

2) Esan North-East

APC 6,556
PDP 13579
Valid votes 20,369
Total votes cast 20,730

3) Esan Central

APC 6,719
PDP 10,794

4) Ikpoba-Okha

APC 18,218
PDP 41,030

5) Uhunmwonde

APC 5,972
PDP 10,022

6) Egor LGA

APC 10,202
PDP 27,621

7) Owan East

APC 19,295
PDP 14,762

8) Owan West

APC 11,193
PDP 11,485

9) Esan South-East

APC 9,237
PDP 10,565

10) Ovia North East

APC 9,907
PDP 16,987

11) Etsako West LGA

APC 26,140
PDP 17,959

12) Oredo LGA

APC 18,365
PDP 43,498

13) Esan West

APC 7,189
PDP 17,434

14) Akoko Edo LGA
APC – 22,963
PDP – 20,101

15) Etsako East LGA
APC – 17,011
PDP – 10,668

16) Etsako Central LGA

APC 8,359
PDP 7,478

17) Orhiomwon LGA

APC 10,458
PDP 13,445 –

18) Ovia South West

APC – 10,636

PDP – 12,659

Posted 20/09/2020 3:09:59 PM

 

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