THE Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has thanked the people of the state as well as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for his victory at Thursday night’s governorship primaries in Benin City.
Obaseki polled 90 per cent of the votes at the primaries conducted inside the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, in Benin City, and thanked the party for giving him the opportunity to fly its flag during the forthcoming September 19 governorship election and complete a second term in office.
In his victory speech, the governor stated: “I express my heartfelt gratitude to our great party, the @OfficialPDPNig, the leaders, delegates, members, and all Edo people for the opportunity to fly the party’s flag in the forthcoming governorship election,” Obaseki.
Obaseki was the only aspirant after the others Hon. Omeregie Ogbeide-Ihama (Oredo Federal Constituency) and Mr Ken Imasuangbon withdrew from the race.
The Edo governor polled 1,952 votes to win the PDP’s primaries
after 2,234 delegates from the 192 wards and 18 Local Government Areas of the state participated in the exercise.
The Chairman of the Governorship Primary Committee, Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed, declared Obaseki the winner of the contest after winning over 90 percent of the available votes
Mohammed, said that voting was conducted in line with the party’s constitution, the Electoral Act as well as acceptable democratic practices.
Obaseki defected to the PDP from the All Progressives Congress (APC), which disqualified him after its screening process.