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GODWIN Obaseki, Governor of Edo State and winner of Saturday’s governorship, has hailed the people of the state and supporters of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for their display of immense courage and support in the face of threats that saw him winning the election.
Obaseki also commended the resilience of the people in the face of intimidation and brutality during the election.
Obaseki defeated his closest rival, Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), polling a total of 307,955 votes against the latter’s 223,619 votes.
The governor in his appreciation message in Benin City, capital of Edo State on Sunday hailed President Muhammadu Buhari and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as well as for ensuring a free, peaceful and credible poll in the state.
“The Great People of Edo State have spoken. They have spoken loud and clear. We thank God Almighty and give him all the glory for this victory,” Obaseki said.
“Thank you, President Muhammadu Buhari, for defending our democracy and allowing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agencies to perform their constitutional functions without interference.
“INEC and the security services have shown to Nigerians and the world that they are capable of conducting free and credible elections.”
According to him, the collective will of Edo people made it possible for “this triumph over godfatherism”.
“I am eternally grateful to my party the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and my brother governors not only for giving me the umbrella during my political storm but for the hard work which has brought me back to office.
“Our success has reinforced my belief that there is nothing we cannot achieve as a people if we pull forces together and collectively call on God for support.”
“I reiterate that working with my Deputy, Philip Shaibu, we are committed to Making Edo Great Again. Thank you for your support,” he added.