Godwin Obaseki, the governor-elect of Edo State, has called on his political rivals, Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Adams Oshiomhole of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to join him in contributing their quota to the development of the state.
Obaseki, who is the incumbent state governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), stated this while receiving his Certificate of Return alongside Phillip Shaibu, his running mate and current Deputy Governor, on Tuesday.
May Agbmuche-Mbu, INEC National Commissioner in charge of Edo, Rivers, and Bayelsa, presented the certificates to the governor and deputy governor-elect at the INEC office in Aduwawa, Benin City, the Edo State capital.
INEC’s Returning Officer, Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, had on Sunday declared that Governor Obaseki polled 307,955 votes to defeat his closest rival, Ize-Iyamu, who got 223,619 votes.
According to the governor, all members of the political class are one family and should, therefore, put asides their differences to ensure that the state moves on the right track.
He said: “To our friends and our brothers on the other side of the divide. We are one family in the pursuit to provide services and public good for our citizens.
“Our citizens have decided that as for now, they trust us more to provide them leadership. It does not mean that they do not have a role to play. It does not mean that they are not part of a family.
“I’m using this opportunity to extend hand of fellowship to my brother, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his other colleagues in the All Progressives Congress to join us and work with us so that we can move Edo forward.
“On a specific note, I want to use this occasion to call on the former chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, that the fight is over and he should come and join in building the house where he was part of laying the foundation.
“We have no malice, the only thing we disagree on is in the approach in moving Edo forward.”