▪︎Secures a second-term mandate
After a breathtaking and engaging electioneering, followed by an election that has turned out to be an anti-climax, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has been able to secure his re-election.
He did so at the expense of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
He scored 307, 955 votes representing 86.75% percent to defeat Ize-Iyamu who scored 223,619 representing 13.25% percent.
Obaseki won in 13 local government areas while Ize-Iyamu won in 5 local government areas.
The results were announced by Prof. Akpofure Rem-Rukeh, Vice-Chancellor, University of Petroleum Resources, Effuru, Delta.
Obaseki, who defeated Ize-Iyamu in 2016 with the support of former governor, Adams Oshiomhole, repeated the same feat this time round without his support.
It was a grudge battle for supremacy between a former godfather and his estranged godson.
The godson-Obaseki- had vowed to retire his godfather-Oshiomhole- after having been instrumental to the dissolution of the National Working Committee over which he, Oshiomhole, presided by the National Executive Committee.
Forces in Edo and outside the state had coalesced to vote against the candidate of the APC because of the determination to dethrone Oshiomhole whom they had de-marketed as a burgeoning godfather.
Obaseki is a beneficiary of a groundswell of opposition against the Oshiomhole political foothold in Edo.