The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has presented certificates of return to the re-elected Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, and his deputy Philip Shaibu.
With the certificates of return, Obaseki and Shaibu have fulfilled the requirements of the Electoral Act to be inaugurated on November 12, 2020, in Benin City for their second term in office.
Meanwhile, the Executive Governor of Cross River State, Sir Ben Ayade has congratulated his Edo State counterpart, Godwin Obaseki on his re-election.
Ayade in a press statement signed by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Christian Ita, described Obaseki’s victory at the polls as well deserved considering his achievements in the past four years.
The Governor, however, urged Governor Obaseki to see his victory as a clarion call to do more for Edo people who have these four years reposed their confidence in him.
Expressing delight that governor Obaseki’s re-election now brings the entire South-South under PDP total control, the Cross River state governor urged him to be magnanimous in victory.
He also commended President Muhammadu Buhari, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies for their neutrality in the election.
“I extend my warm felicitations to you on your well-deserved victory in the just-concluded Edo gubernatorial election. For those of us who have keenly followed your giant strides in Edo state, your victory did not come as a surprise.
“Your re-election, therefore, represents a bold and emphatic testimony to the good work you have done in the past four years”, the statement quoted Ayade as saying.
“The election has been fought and won and it is refreshing to note that our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has maintained its total control of our geo-political zone, the South-south. Having won a hard-fought election, I encourage you to be magnanimous in victory by extending an olive branch to your opponents on the other side.
“I also wish to use this medium to commend the President, Muhammadu Buhari, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and the security agencies for their neutrality thus allowing the will of Edo people to prevail.” the statement explained.