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Obaseki re-elected for a second term of office in Edo


Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo state, has been re-elected for a second in the governorship election which was held on Saturday.
Obaseki polled 307,955 votes across 18 local government areas to defeat his closest rival, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), polled 223,619 votes.
Obaseki was first elected on the platform of the APC, had crossed over to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after he was disqualified to run for a second term by the APC.
The governor won in 13 local government areas while Ize-Iyamu, won in five.
Total votes cast is 550,242 while the total number of valid votes in the election is 537,407, and rejected votes – 12,835.
After announcing the results from all the local government areas, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Obaseki winner of the poll.
Obaseki will be sworn in for a second term of office in November, 2020.
Meanwhile President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Obaseki for securing a second term of office.
In a statement issued on Sunday by Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu, Buhari said he is committed to free and fair elections because it is the bedrock of true democracy.
“My commitment to free and fair elections is firm, because without free and fair elections, the foundation of our political and moral authority will be weak,” Buhari said.
“I have consistently advocated for free and fair elections in the country because it is the bedrock of true democracy.
“Democracy will mean nothing if the votes of the people don’t count or if their mandate is fraudulently tampered with” the statement said.
Buhari also commended the people of Edo state, the parties, candidates and security agencies for conducting themselves responsibly during the exercise.


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