By our reporter| Re-elected governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki on Sunday said that the outcome of the election in Edo state is a reflection of the will of the People.
The visibly relieved governor who made the disclosure while reacting over his victory at the polls said, “The great people of Edo State have spoken and they have spoken loud and clear”.
Speaking from the PDP situation room in Edo State, he thanked God almighty for making him triumph over his opponents.
He also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for defending the nation’s democracy and “allowing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security services to perform their constitutional functions without interference”.
According to Obaseki, INEC and the security services have shown Nigerians and the world that they are capable of conducting free and credible elections.
He also thanked his teeming supporters who he said displayed courage in the face of threats, stressing that the collective will of the Edo people made it possible.
Obaseki said, “I am eternally grateful to my party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and my brother governors, not only for giving us the umbrella but for the hard work which has brought me back to the office.
“Our success has been reinforced by the belief that there is nothing that we cannot achieve as a people if we collectively work together and call on God.
“In conclusion, I reiterate to all of you today that working with my deputy, Rt Hon Philip Shaibu, we are committed to making Edo great again.
“Thank you all and thank you for your support”.
Obaseki was returned elected by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after polling the highest number of votes in the keenly-contested poll conducted on Saturday.
INEC Returning Officer for the poll, Professor Akpofure Rem-Rukeh, declared the governor as the winner on Sunday at the office of the electoral umpire in Benin City, which doubled as the final collation centre.
The governor secured 307,955 of the total votes, 84,336 more votes than his closest rival Ize-Iyamu, who got 223, 619 votes.
A total of 14 political parties participated in Saturday’s election.