Governor, Adams Oshiomhole
By Ademola Adeyemo
Edo State Governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, has been declared winner of Saturday’s governorship election.
At a crowded session at the Edo State INEC headquarters on Sunday, the Returning Officer, Prof. Osayuki Oshodin, said Oshiomhole scored a total of 477,478 votes (or 73 percent of the total votes cast) to beat his closest rival, Maj. Gen. Charles Airhiavbere of the Peoples Democratic Party, who scored 144,235 votes (or 22 percent of the total votes cast).
The third position went to the All Nigeria Peoples Party candidate, Mr. Solomon Edebiri, who scored 3,642, while the Congress for Progressive Change candidate, Roland Izevbuwa placed fourth.
The Social Democratic Mega Party candidate, Mr. Frank Okonga, came fifth with 807 votes, while the Labour Party candidate scored 604 votes to emerge sixth.
In spite of the reported high turnout of voters on Saturday, only 647,698 votes were cast, representing just about 40 percent of the1, 651,099 of the total registered voters in Edo State.
Oshiomhole made a clean sweep in all the 18 local government areas of the state.
Reacting to the announcement, the PDP Agent, Mr. Martin Osakue, said he will report back to the leadership of the party in the state.
But on a personal note, he said: “As a patriotic Nigerian, I commend INEC for the process and the security agencies. It is natural and appropriate for me to congratulate the declared winner, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole on his victory.”
However, the agent of the victorious party (ACN), Chief Osagie Ize-Iyamu, said the governor would personally react to his victory.
The agent of the CPC, Mr.Ikonomwan Francis, said the victory of Oshiomhole was a victory for the progressives.
RESULTS AT A GLANCE
ACN- 477, 4780 (73%)
PDP 144, 235 (22%)
CPC -- 2073
ACN SUPPORTERS JUBILATING AFTER DECLEARING OSHIOMHOLE WINNER