- PDP governors commend INEC
- They describe the victory as triumph of democracy
Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have described Governor Godwin Obaseki’s victory in Saturday’s election as a triumph of democracy and rejection of imposition of candidates.
In a statement signed by the chairman, PDP Governors’ Forum and governor of Sokoto state, Aminu Tambuwal, they described the victory as “a testament to the triumph of justice, hard work, resilience, grit, forward planning, clinical execution and reward for improving the lot of the people of Edo state.”
The statement read in part:
“As the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the election, you validated the well known fact that Edo state is truly a PDP dominated state. It is a resounding endorsement by Edo people of your performance in the last 4 years. It is an absolute rejection by Edolites of godfatherism and imposition of their leaders by forces from outside the state. Your election has rekindled the hope of Nigerians, that a free and fair election is still possible in Nigeria.
“We single out the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the electoral umpire for special commendation as it didn’t allow itself as an institution to be manipulated into subverting the clearly expressed will and wishes of the people of Edo State”.
Obaseki was declared the winner of the September 19, 2020 election after beating 13 other contestants by polling 307 955 votes, with his closest rival, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) garnering 223 619 votes.
Meanwhile, Pastor Ize-Iyamu has thanked his supporters and assured them that he would study the result and announce his next move in due course.
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