Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has described his victory in Saturday’s Edo governorship election has a “triumph over godfatherism”.
Obaseki, who is the incumbent Edo State Governor, stated this while reacting to the declaration of result of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday.
Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, INEC’s Returning Officer, who announced the result of the election, said Obaseki polled 307,955 votes to defeat his closest rival, Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), garnered 223,619 votes.
Obaseki said: “Words fail me in saluting our teeming supporters who displayed immense courage in the face of threats, intimidation, and brutalisation.
“The collective will of Edo people made it possible for us this triumph over godfatherism. Congratulations to Edo people.”
Rim-Rukeh, while declaring Obaseki winner, said the incumbent governor was returned elected after satisfying all requirements in line with the law.
Obaseki of PDP ran against APC’s Ize-Iyamu and 13 others.
Obaseki was elected on APC’s platform in 2016 but defected to the PDP after being denied the ticket owing to intra-party squabbles.