Election: The Great People Of Edo State Have Spoken – Obaseki

 

Governor Godwin Obaseki has said that the outcome of the election in Edo state is a reflection of the will of the Edo People.

Reacting to his re-election at the polls which held Saturday, September 19, Mr Obaseki said “The great people of Edo State have spoken and they have spoken loud and clear”.

Obaseki in his victory speech from the PDP situation room in Edo State, 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”.

READ ALSO: Godwin Obaseki Re-Elected Edo State Governor

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 saluted the teeming supporters who he said displayed courage in the face of threats. stressing that the collective will of the Edo people made it possible.

“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”.

A keenly contested poll

Mr Obaseki the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defeated Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, to win a second term as governor of Edo State.

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 fielded candidates to jostle for the office of the governor in the state.

READ ALSO: TMG Rates Edo Election As ‘Largely Free And Fair’, Flags Incident Of Vote Buying

It is the first governorship poll to be conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) since the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

While it held in some places in line with the COVID-19 protocols of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the compliance level was very low in other polling areas.

The announcement by the returning officer follows the collation of the results from all the 18 Local Government Areas of Edo where the election was conducted.

Governor Obaseki’s victory comes on the back of a tensed and heated electioneering process that saw him dump the APC after being disqualified from the primaries, join the PDP and overcome stiff opposition and criticism by members of his former party, including former ally and his predecessor Adams Oshiomhole.

It was a dramatic process that saw Obaseki run a governorship race against Ize-Iyamu for a second time in four years.

Both men faced each other in 2016, albeit with Obasek flying the flag of the APC and Ize-Iyamu flying that of the PDP.

A political rift between the governor and Oshiomhole which spiraled beyond the state to national politics, saw both men switch parties and square up against each other on platforms they once criticised.

The campaign, characterised by drama and controversy that did not spare the State House of Assembly, was tempered by the intervention of the Oba of Benin to calm fears that the poll could turn violence heightened.

A peace accord was also signed by all the candidates days before the poll as stakeholders made concerted efforts to ensure a successful poll.

Preliminary reports from some electoral observers have held that it was mostly peaceful and largely free and fair.

Obaseki Must Rise Above Partisan Politics, Govern For Good Of All – Goodluck Jonathan

 

Former President Goodluck Jonathan says the re-elected governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, must ensure that he governs all people of his state without any partisan bias. 

Dr Jonathan who made the admonition in a series of tweets on Sunday congratulated the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party and also congratulated the electoral umpire for overseeing the polls successfully.

The former president was of the opinion that democracy can only be consolidated to promote good governance in Nigeria and Africa when elections become credible, transparent, and truly represent the wish of the voters.

Below are the tweets as posted by Dr. Jonathan, via his official Twiter handle.

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‘The End Of Godfatherism’: PDP Chieftains Hail Obaseki’s Re-Election As Edo Governor

File photo of Godwin Obaseki. Photo: [email protected] Akwa Ibom.

 

Congratulatory messages have been pouring from chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after Godwin Obaseki was re-elected as the Governor of Edo State. 

Governor Obaseki, returned elected on Sunday after polling the highest votes in the keenly-contested poll conducted on Saturday, defeated his main rival and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

And for a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Obaseki’s win is an “end to godfatherism” and a “new dawn” in Edo State.

“There is a new dawn in Edo State, and the hard-won victory of Governor Obaseki is not just a victory, but a Declaration of Independence from the anti-democratic forces of godfatherism and militarism,” Atiku who contested the presidential seat under the PDP in 2019 tweeted Sunday.

“No victory could be sweeter than this, and I heartily congratulate the Governor and the good people of Edo state for their resilience in the face of the forces arrayed against them.”

Although they were fears in many quarters that the election might turn violent, Atiku said the poll was largely peaceful, describing Obaseki’s re-election as “new record” in Nigeria’s democracy.

“I also seize this opportunity to thank His Royal Highness, the Oba of Benin, Omo N’oba N’Edo Uku Akpolopkolo, Ewuare II, for the fatherly role he played as a neutral catalyst for peace,” Atiku added.

He equally lauded members of the PDP for supporting Obaseki who had defected from the APC after he was disqualified from the party’s primary, urging him to deliver good governance to the people of Edo State.

“In good times, we will walk beside you. In bad times, we will be your loyal ‘comrade’,” he assured while calling on him to extend a hand of friendship to Ize-Iyamu. “We will never be a turncoat.”

 ‘Historic Victory’

The Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, equally sent his congratulatory message to the re-elected Edo leader and believes that another term for Obaseki is an indication that the people’s choice will always prevail.

“With their loud and irrefutable votes in #EdoDecides, the people of Edo State have sent a strong message that they choose to continue under Governor Godwin Obaseki’s development agenda to Make Edo Great Again!”Okowa tweeted, Sunday.

‘Power Belongs To The People’

“I congratulate my colleague and brother, Governor Obaseki on his victory at the just-concluded Edo State gubernatorial elections,”  the Governor of Bauchi State, Senator Bala Mohammed, also said in his message to the Edo Governor.

“Your win is a victory for Edo State and our great party, PDP.  It also validates that truly, power belongs to the people.”

‘The Beauty Of Democracy’ 

While hailing Obaseki for his victory, the former Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, said the development captures the “beauty of democracy.”

“And if there is a moral lesson to be learnt, it is also that no man can successfully play God, for God will always put men in their place,” the PDP Chieftain said on Sunday, expressing hopes that “we can get our elections right.”

Ekweremadu called on Obaseki to see his popular mandate as both an approval of his stewardship in the last four years and a call to lead Edo land on the path of greater peace, prosperity, and all-round development.

A Deserved Victory

The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu was not left out in the streams of messages pouring in since Obaseki’s election.

Elumelu, who described Obaseki’s re-election as well-deserving, attributed the governor’s success to his sterling performance in developing the state and empowering the people during his first tenure.

A Job Well-Done

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State equally commended the Edo Governor for a “well deserved victory,” and hailed the PDP for the win.

PDP Raises Alarm Over Whereabouts Of Orhionmwon LG Collation Officer

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Omeregie Ogbeide-Ihama raising the alarm over the whereabouts of the officials.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised an alarm over the whereabouts of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Collation Officer for Orhionmwon Local Government Area. 

Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, a PDP agent, raised the alarm on Sunday at the Collation Centre for the Edo Governorship election in Benin City.

“Within the break, we could not find him. They are not here,”he said.

READ ALSO: Obaseki Takes Lead In Edo Governorship Election

Ogbeide-Ihama explained that the Collation Officer for the Local Government and the Electoral Officer were with them at the Collation Centre but failed to return to the venue after a one hour break announced by the Returning Officer.

Expressing fears over the whereabouts of the duo, the PDP agent said his party has a copy of the result for the local government in question.

According to him, he was later informed that the Collation Officer and the Electoral Officer were somewhere around the Centre but have not turned up at the Collation office at the time of this report.

‘Largely Free, Fair’

Despite fears of violence, observers say the Edo poll has been “largely free and fair” with INEC expected to declare the winner Sunday.

“The two major political parties, APC and PDP were involved and trying to outdo each other in voter inducement with suspected party leaders glaringly seen sharing money to a group of voters mostly women in many polling units,” the  Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) and Edo Civil Society Organizations (EDOCSO) noted on Sunday.

The group stated that despite few lapses observed, the election was relatively well executed and largely free and fair.

They also cited impressive voters’ turnout, fair and adequate security, adequate election materials as some of the incidents that contributed to the success of the election.

 

 

PDP Alleges Moves To Replace Results In Edo North

Re-election: Buhari Made ‘A Desperate Declaration', PDP Says
File photo: Mr Kola Ologbondiyan

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that there are plots by agents of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to replace election results where the PDP is leading, particularly in Edo North.

In a communique written to alert the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Department of State Services (DSS) of the alleged plot, the PDP said it has charged its members to remain vigilant and follow their results “bumper to bumper” to all the collation centers.

The party however cautioned the security agencies against being used to replace results that have already been declared at the respective polling units.

READ ALSO: Edo Election: Votes Buying Marred Polls, CDD Alleges

According to the statement by PDP’s spokesman, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, the party says it is “aware that results are being manufactured in Kogi state to be used as replacements for already declared results, particularly in Edo North.

“We draw the attention of INEC to such results being bandied by the APC, including the fake result claimed to have emanated from Etsako West, where a vote of 914 was allocated to the APC, as against the genuine declaration at the polling units.

“A cursory check on the results being circulated in the public space by the APC failed a litmus test of the identification numbers of INEC declaration of results.

“Whereas polling unit results are identified as Form EC8A, the results being paraded by the APC carry a fake identification number of Form EC60E.

“Our party expresses concerns that this sinister adventure of the APC is being encouraged by the slow pace of uploading already declared results in INEC’s virtual portal.

“We are alarmed by the report that this development has led to avoidable post-election violence, which has resulted in the reported killing of innocent Edo citizens, who came out to perform their civic responsibilities as the police allegedly withdrew their men in certain collation centers.

“Our party, standing with the people, calls on the Inspector General of Police to protect innocent Nigerians from this electoral defeat response by the APC.”

The party charged the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to ensure that his officials are not compromised to replace results, as the people of Edo state have spoken loud and clear with their votes in their respective units, “and they are already aware of the authentic results”.

Edo Election: Tambuwal Commends Buhari, Urges INEC, Others To Maintain Neutrality

 

Sokoto state Governor and chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s governors forum, Aminu Tambuwal has urged all those involved in the conduct of the Edo state election to play by the rules and allow the wishes of the Edo people to be expressed through the ballot. 

Governor Tambuwal in an interview with newsmen in Sokoto state said the information from Edo state reveals that the conduct of the election so far is commendable and all parties involved should maintain this to its conclusion.

READ ALSO: Edo Decides: Mixed Reactions As Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu Vote

 

Tambuwal said INEC and other government agencies involved in the conduct of the election should provide the right atmosphere for the people of Edo to exercise their franchise without any hindrance

The governor commended President Mohammadu Buhari’s directive to all government agencies involves in the conduct of the election to maintain neutrality and conduct themselves in the manner worthy of their call.

The governor urged the people of Edo state and politicians to ensure a violence-free election and continue to observe rules and regulations guiding the electoral process.

Edo Decides: Mixed Reactions As Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu Vote

 

Mixed reactions have trailed the ongoing electoral exercise in Edo state, with various reports of electoral gadgets malfunctioning, claims of vote-buying, and pockets of palpable chaos nipped in the bud. 

In the early hours of Saturday, there was mild tension at Emokpae Model Primary School in Oredo Local Government Area of the state, where Governor Godwin Obaseki, who is one of the candidates in the poll, went to cast his vote.

The fracas resulted from a misunderstanding between an agent of a political party and a supposed election observer. This occurred while some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were setting up for the election.

Earlier on at the Emokpae Model Primary School in Oredo Local Govt, security operatives and INEC officials try to organize voters who turned out in their numbers, waiting to vote.
Earlier on at the Emokpae Model Primary School in Oredo Local Govt, security operatives and INEC officials try to organize voters who turned out in their numbers, waiting to vote.

The party agent is said to have mistaken the observer for another party agent and challenged him for sitting on a seat meant for the electoral officials. As a result, both men engaged in an altercation as other electorates at the venue watched.

The situation was later brought under control following the intervention of the security agencies on the ground.

Obaseki laments, berates INEC

After having stood for a couple of hours at his polling unit, the incumbent governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Edo election, Godwin Obaseki, finally got his chance to cast his vote.

Speak after voting, Governor Obaseki said, he was “surprised” and “shocked” at the slowness of card readers after he cast his vote in the Governorship poll being held in the state.

He said it is sad that such a glitch is being experienced after INEC had given assurances that such problems would be avoided.

I have no complaints, the process is okay says Ize-Iyamu

While Governor Obaseki is decrying the slowness of card readers, his major opponent in the guber race, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu says he has no complaints about the process so far.

After casting his vote in Iguododo ward five, unit 26 of the Orhiomwon local govt, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said, “I have no complaints, the process is okay; the INEC people came on time; they appear to be well prepared; so far, so good.”

He further stated that sometimes, proceedings are delayed for too long, adding that since the INEC officials started the process early, then it means that the pressure is “not there” which is quite good.

Mr Ize-Iyamu said he is happy that in some places, they have started voting which is good, according to him, the feedback from his people at other venues suggest that all is going on well.

 REC counters Obaseki, says no slow process

Meanwhile, Mr. Johnson Alalibo, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Edo State says all is well with the electoral exercise in this state, a claim aimed at dismissing contrary claims by Governor Obaseki.

According to the commissioner, there are not so many queues as reported, and as such, no one can really say the process is slow.

Apart from ugly reports in certain places, it’s been peaceful – Philip Shaibu

 

In a similar vein, the deputy governor of Edo State, Mr Philip Shaibu has said that though there have a few not too palatable reports, the election is going on peacefully.

A confident Shaibu told newsmen he is confident in the outcome of the polls if things are not altered from the state in which they are.

The deputy governor who in the late hours of the morning voted at his polling unit in Jattu, Etsako West local government, said “So far so good, apart from the report I am getting from some places that vote-buying, we have told them that anywhere they find anybody buying votes, they should let us know.

“I am happy that EFCC is also moving. So there is a particular person they are trailing now. Apart from that, the election is peaceful. You can see there is no violence in this ward.

“It is peaceful and things are going on well apart from some reports I am getting in other centres like in Auchi, I learnt they were buying votes (from) the former local government chairman.

“We have also alerted security. Apart from that, I think the violent aspect of this election so far is out.”

The running mate to Governor Obaseki said he is satisfied with the turn out of voters, but stressed that things would have been more if not for initial tension that followed the electioneering campaign.

Over 480,000 Voters Failed To Collect PVCs

Over 480,000 voters will not be able to partake in the ongoing election in Edo State, this is according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In a booklet giving statistical details of proceedings in Edo State, INEC revealed that out of 2,210,534 registered voters, only 1,726,738 would be allowed to participate in the governorship election.

The communique further revealed that 483,796 voters would not be allowed to participate in the exercise because they didn’t collect their permanent voter cards (PVCs).

The Commission also stated that the election will be conducted in 2,627 polling units in 192 electoral wards across the 18 local government areas (LGAs) in the state.

INEC Enforces ‘No Mask, No Vote’ Directive

While the people of Edo State on Saturday stormed various polling units to elect the candidate of their choice in the governorship election, INEC officials were on the ground to enforce the use of face mask as part of COVID-19 directives for the election.

At several polling units visited by Channels Television, Security officials and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) came very early with sensitive electoral materials but did not begin the exercise till preparations to ensure that COVID-19 protocols were fully observed at the venues.


Edo Election: Mild Tension As Fight Breaks Out At Polling Unit


The directive of ‘no face mask, no vote’ was strictly observed as some electorate were given face masks by some health officials at the entrance of various venues for the election.

Similarly, voters’ temperatures were checked while they were given hand sanitiser before proceeding to the polling booth.

However, the social distancing protocol was not fully adhered to due to the huge crowd at the venue of the election.

‘Card Readers Were Very Slow’: Shocked Obaseki Faults INEC

 

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki on Saturday said he was “surprised” and “shocked” at the slowness of card readers after he cast his vote in the Governorship poll being held in the state.

He said it is sad that such a glitch is being experienced after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had given assurances that such problems would be avoided.

Mr. Obaseki is standing for re-election with the candidate of the APC, Osagie Ize-Iyamu his closest challenger.

READ ALSO: Edo Election 2020: Ize-Iyamu Votes

Godwin Obaseki speaks after casting his vote.

 

“This would have been much better organised,” Obaseki said, referring to the conduct of the voting exercise.

He continued: “Today, the card readers were very slow and that is the situation across most high-voting population centres in Oredo from the reports I’ve gotten till now. For me, that’s a bit worrying.

“If I, as Governor, could stand in the queue for more than one and a half hour to cast my vote, you can imagine what other people are going through across major voting centres in Oredo.

“I am surprised, and shocked because this was touted and INEC gave us assurances that nothing like this would happen.”

Edo Decides: Obaseki, Wife Vote In Oredo [Photos]

Governor Godwin Obaseki and his wife, Betsy Obaseki have cast their vote at the ongoing elections in Edo State. 

The incumbent governor and his wife voted at Unit 19, Ward 4, in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State.

Earlier on, there was mild tension at Emokpae Model Primary School in Oredo where the governor cast his vote.

Channels Television gathered that the fracas was as a result of a misunderstanding between an agent of a political party and a supposed election observer.

This occurred while some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were setting up for the election.

READ ALSO: Edo Election 2020: Ize-Iyamu Votes

Godwin Obaseki casts his vote.
Earlier on at the Emokpae Model Primary School in Oredo Local Govt, security operatives and INEC officials try to organize voters who turned out in their numbers, waiting to vote.
Earlier on at the Emokpae Model Primary School in Oredo Local Govt, security operatives and INEC officials try to organize voters who turned out in their numbers, waiting to vote.

 

The party agent was said to have mistaken the observer for another party agent and challenged him for sitting on a seat meant for the electoral officials.

As a result, both men engaged in an altercation as other electorates at the venue watched.

The situation was later brought under control following the intervention of the security agencies on the ground.

Godwin Obaseki casts his vote.

Obaseki arrives polling unit.
Obaseki arrives polling unit.

Over 480,000 Voters Failed To Collect PVCs In Edo – INEC

 

Over 480,000 voters will not be able to partake in the ongoing election in Edo State, this is according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In a booklet giving statistical details of proceedings in Edo State, INEC revealed that out of 2,210,534 registered voters, only 1,726,738 would be allowed to participate in the governorship election.

The communique further revealed that 483,796 voters would not be allowed to participate in the exercise because they didn’t collect their permanent voter cards (PVCs).

The Commission also stated that the election will be conducted in 2,627 polling units in 192 electoral wards across the 18 local government areas (LGAs) in the state.


Edo Decides: Obaseki, Wife Vote In Oredo

Edo Election 2020: Ize-Iyamu Votes

Edo Election: Mild Tension As Fight Breaks Out At Polling Unit


Below is a breakdown of the stats for registered voters, collected PVCs, and uncollected PVCs.



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