The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Godwin Obaseki, the governor of Edo State as the winner of the just concluded governorship election in the state.
Mr Obaseki who ran on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored 307,955 to defeat his closest rival and major opponent, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) who polled 223,619.
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A total of 14 political parties participated in the September 19 exercise but results have shown that it was a race between messrs Obaseki and Ize-Iyamu. While the latter enjoys the backing of Adams Oshiomhole, the governor’s predecessor, the PDP candidate said his achievements in office will speak for him.
The governor who won the 2016 guber poll while in APC had Ize-Iyamu as his top challenger at the time. He fell out politically with his predecessor who played a vital role in disqualifying him from using the platform of the national ruling party on account that the same academic qualifications he submitted while seeking the position is now deceptive.
After his disqualification, the governor, after consulting with his supporters, decamped to the PDP and secured the ticket of the state ruling party.