The just reelected Edo State Governor in 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 .
It will interest you 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 .”
It will be noted that prior to the election it was a fierce battle of words from the trio but later the winner has emeerged.