INEC has declared APC candidate, Mr Godwin Obaseki, winner of the Edo State governorship election which held on Wednesday, September 28.
After the collation of results from the 18 local government areas of Edo state in south-south Nigeria, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled a total of 319,483 votes while his closest rival from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Osagie Ize-Iyamu, polled 253,173 votes.
INEC’s Returning Officer, Prof. Kayode Soremilekun, who declared Obaseki winner, said he had met all conditions required to be returned as governor elect for the state.
Announced results are as follows:
AA – 155; ACD – 1,350; ACPN – 3,184; APC – 319,483; APGA – 876; CPP – 226; ID – 99; KOWA – 75; LP – 182; NPPP – 125; NCP – 294; NNPP – 118; PDC – 1,289; PDP – 253,173; PPA – 855; PPN – 112; SDP – 72; UPP – 431; YDP – 200.
The collation and announcement of the result was not without incident.
Hundreds of PDP supporters held a protest at the INEC office in Benin where the exercise was taking place.
The protesters alleged that results from their areas were manipulated and that there results were cancelled in areas that were PDP strongholds. They called on INEC to suspend collation of result from the areas, including Esan North-East LGA.
The protesters were, however, dispersed by the police with tear gas as the protest became more heated.
Also, some agents, including that of KOWA Party, called for the cancellation of the result, with others, including the APC candidate urging them to go to court.
Also, PDP’s agent, Chris Agbonwanegbe, refused to sign the result sheet, saying it was “rehearsed and produced”.
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Electoral Commission.Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu has rejected the results announced by Independent National.
This was before the announcement of the final result by the commission.
The PDP candidate alleged inducement of voters and collaboration of INEC with the state government to doctor the results in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said that they decided not to wait for the full result to be called because they had already been informed about what was playing out.