Breaking: INEC declares PDP’s Obaseki winner of Edo election

Godwin Obaseki, winner of 2020 Edo governorship election.
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Franklin Izuchukwu

Voting Ends in Edo; Winner Declared

Voting has ended in the Edo governorship election, and the final collation of results has commenced at the INEC headquarters in Benin.

The result of the election held in all Edo’s 18 local governments was declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday in Benin, the state capital.

The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Godwin Obaseki, winner of the governorship election in Edo State.

INEC’s Returning Officer, Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, announced the total result of the election.

Mr Obaseki polled 314,676 votes to defeat his main rival, Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who had 223,619 votes.

A total of 14 parties took part in the election, but the results so far show a two-horse race between the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (APC).

Edo Election Results by Local Government

Elections were held in all the 18 local government areas of Edo.

Mr Obaseki also won in 13 of the 18 local government areas including his home Oredo LGA, which is the largest. Mr Ize-Iyamu, on the other hand, picked the remaining five LGAs, including his main backer Mr Oshiomole’s Etsako West.

Mr Ize-Iyamu lost his home LGA of Orhionmwon.

Mr Obaseki 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.

Rivalry Between Obaseki, Adam Oshiomole and Mr Ize-Iyamu

Mr Obaseki won his first election in 2016 as a candidate of the APC, principally supported by Adam Oshiomole, the immediate past governor and former chairman of the APC. Mr Ize-Iyamu was then the candidate of the PDP.

But in the course of his term as the governor, Mr Obaseki became estranged with Mr Oshiomole, causing an epic political battle now capped off with his victory today.

The battle contributed to the fall of Mr Oshiomole as the chairman of the APC. But Mr Obaseki also could not get that party’s ticket, and he had to switch to the PDP with his deputy, Phillip Shaibu.

Days ahead of the election, APC leader and former governor of Lagos, Bola Tinubu, had in a recorded broadcast made an “appeal” to the Edo electorate to “reject” Mr Obaseki, whom he dismissed as having no sound democratic credential.

Electoral Fraud and Malpractice in Edo Election

Saturday’s election was not without incidents of ballot snatching, over voting technical glitches affecting card readers, and violence reported in a few polling units by returning officers during the collation exercise.

These incidents caused the cancellation of votes in some polling units. A total of 14 parties contested the election, but PDP and APC are the main parties.

Edo Governorship Election Result sheet

See the final results as announced by INEC below.

Edo 2020 Governorship Election Result

LGA

APC

PDP

Esan North East

6,556

13,579

Esan Central 

6,719

10,794

Igueben

 5,199

7,870

Ikpoba Okha 

18,218

41,030

Uhunmwonde

 5,972

16,741

Egor 

10,202

27,621

Owan East

19,295

14,762

Owan West

11,193

11,485

Esan South East

9,237

10,565

Etsako West

26,140

17,959

Oredo 

18,365

43,498

Ovia North East

9,907

16,987

Esan West

7,189

17,434

Akoko Edo

22,963

20,101

Etsako East

17,011

10,668

Etsako Central

8,359

7,478

Orhiaonmwon 

10,458

13,445

Ovia South West

10,636

12,659

Total votes

223,619 votes

314,676 votes

The election was conducted with compliance to some COVID-19 protocol as officials were seen conducting thermal checks and requiring voters to use face masks before voting. However, there was no social distancing anywhere.

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