Edo State Governor and winner of the September 19 , 2020, governorship election in the state , Godwin Obaseki, has called on the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress , Adams Oshiomhole; and the APC candidate in the Saturday election , Osagie Ize- Iyamu, to put their differences aside and work for the betterment of the state .
Obaseki stated this during a speech on Tuesday after the Independent National Electoral Commission issued him and his deputy, Phillip Shaibu , certificates of return.
INEC ’s National Commissioner in charge of Edo , Rivers , and Bayelsa States , Mrs May Agbmuche – Mbu , made the presentation at the INEC office in Aduwawa , Benin City , the Edo State capital.
The Daily Vendor had reported on Sunday that INEC declared Obaseki, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party , as the winner of the keenly contested election .
INEC ’s Returning Officer, Prof . Akpofure Rim -Rukeh , said Obaseki polled 307 ,955 votes to defeat his closest rival, Ize- Iyamu, who got 223 ,619 votes.
Delivering a speech on Tuesday at INEC ’s office , Obaseki said , “To our friends and our brothers on the other side of the divide , we are one family in the pursuit to provide services and public good for our citizens .
“Our citizens have decided that as for now , they trust us more to provide them leadership . It does not mean that they do not have a role to play . It does not mean that they are not part of a family.
“I ’m using this opportunity to extend the hand of fellowship to my brother, Pastor Osagie Ize -Iyamu, and his other colleagues in the All Progressives Congress to join us and work with us so that we can move Edo forward .
“On a specific note , I want to use this occasion to call on the former chairman of the APC , Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, that the fight is over and he should come and join in building the house where he was part of laying the foundation
“We have no malice , the only thing we disagreed on is in the approach in moving Edo forward . ”