The election result, held in all eighteen local governments of Edo, was announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) in Benin, the state capital, on Sunday.
The Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki, scored the majority of votes in Saturday’s Edo State governorship election and was declared the winner.
“Godwin Obaseki of the PDP, having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the highest number of votes, is hereby declared the winner,” Johnson Alalibo, the chief returning officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state, announced on Sunday afternoon.
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Mr Obaseki polled 307,955 votes to defeat his main rival, Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who had 223,619 votes. He also won in 13 of the 18 local government areas and thus scored more than 25 per cent of votes cast in two-thirds of the local governments in the state to satisfy the second constitutional requirement to be declared governor.