Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State, has said his re-election for a second term in the same office was destined by God.
Governor Obaseki stated this at a thanksgiving service organised by the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to appreciate God for the governor’s re-election and that of his deputy, Philip Shaibu.
According to the governor, he will use the mandate given to him by the electorate to continue the development of the state.
He said: “I must thank God for what he has done not only for me and my colleagues but for the people of Edo State.
“There is no doubt we would not have been here without the support of the Almighty and the people of the state.
“I must also thank my deputy for being truthful, honest and steadfast despite the brunt and danger to him and his family. We know what we went through to achieve victory.
“The judiciary is the bastion of our democracy by interpreting the constitution correctly. I must commend them for doing the job and upholding the tenets of their noble profession.”
While thanking God for the peaceful conduct of the election, Obaseki commended the Independent National Electoral Commission and the security agencies, as well as Edo people for working together to ensure that the election was free, fair and credible.
He also commended his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for providing him and Shaibu a platform to reach out to the Edo people.
Speaking earlier, Oyonnude Kure, the Edo State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, described Obaseki’s re-election as divine.
He said: “We appreciate God for using President Muhammadu Buhari who ensured an unprecedented, free, fair and violent-free election.”