– The governorship election in Edo state was a major battle between the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress
– Just after INEC declared Godwin Obaseki as the winner of the election, President Muhammadu Buhari called Governor Adams Oshiomhole
An elated President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, September 29, 2016, took to the telephone to speak with Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state for working for the success of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the governorship election in Edo state. Godwin Obaseki, the head of the economic team in Edo state, floored the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Speaking from Abuja, Nigeria’s seat of power, Buhari also congratulated the government and people of Edo state on the successful conclusion of the election. The president commended the well-articulated campaign programme of the APC in the state, the doggedness of the governor, the governor-elect and party members in going round the state to reach the people with records of good governance over the years and a promise of continuity.
The outcome of the election, according to the president, clearly reflected the mood of the people to sustain the pedigree of responsiveness, forthrightness and diligence that Governor Oshomole brought into the service of his people.
“The victory is good for democracy, for Nigeria and the people of Edo state,” Buhari said, adding that the victory was well-deserved as the campaign train, which he joined, worked hard to sell its people-centered manifesto. He applauded the conduct of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the security agencies, corps members and the electorate in ensuring a peaceful election in the state.
Obaseki won the majority of the votes cast, with a total of 319,483 against Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with polled 253,173 votes.