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Obaseki Takes Over As Edo State Governor
The new Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has been sworn into office, marking an end to the 8-year tenure of former governor Adams Oshiomhole.
The swearing in ceremony was held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin city, the state capital.
Oshiomhole had handed over to the incoming Governor during a small ceremony at the government house on Friday night.
Security operatives comprising of the Police, Army, State Security Service and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, were deployed around the stadium premises to maintain law and order.
Roads leading to the venue as well as adjoining streets were also heavily guarded by security personnel.
State governors that attended the ceremony include Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State, Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State as well as Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, business mogul, Aliko Dangote, former military head of state, Dr Yakubu Gowon, and the APC governorship candidate in Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu were also present at the ceremony.
The inauguration ceremony was also graced by traditional rulers from across the three senatorial districts of the state as well as youths and market women.
Former Governor Oshiomhole was first sworn in on November 12, 2008, taking over from Lucky Igbinedion of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The former national chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, was again re-elected for a second 4-year tenure in July 2012.
The new governor, Obaseki, won the election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, defeating Osagie Ize-Iyamu of PDP, in the governorship election held on September 28.
Ize-Iyamu is however challenging the election result at the Edo State Election petitions tribunal.