Godwin Obaseki Assures Of Continuity Of Good Governance In Edo State -Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki has thanked all delegate members that worked for his victory in winning the Edo State governorship primary election in the State over the weekend. By so winning, he is holding the ticket of All Progressives Congress in the coming gubernatorial election. The result of the Edo primary election was completed late on Sunday evening.
As he sent his message of appreciation, he assured that his candidacy has accented to the continuity of the good work of the current government under Adams Oshiomhole as Edo state governor, adding that APC government ion Edo state cannot afford to fail the people. He however urged al to teem up and make the coming election a past issue by ensuring his victory to the government house.
At the primaries election held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin, Edo state capital, the two day election was tense, keenly contested and carried all the trappings of a keen contest with all 12 candidates anticipating victory. The vote commenced at about 5:30pm on Saturday and ended late on Sunday.
At the last counting, Godwin Obaseki emerged the winner with wide gap of votes compared to other contestants prevailing over other12 candidates who contested the primaries, including Oshiomhole’s Deputy, Dr. Pius Odubu.
Others who stood for the primaries supervised by the Katsina State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Masari, included Engineer Chris Ogiemwonyi, Barrister Kenneth Imasuangbon, retired General Charles Airhavbere and Comrade Peter Esele.
Mr. Godwin Obaseki had enjoyed the full support of the incumbent governor, Adams Oshiomhole , yesterday, emerged the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, was hardly surprising.
Obaseki who is the current chairman of the Edo state Economic and Strategic Team, polled 1,618 votes, with his closest rival the deputy governor of the state, Dr. Pius Odubu polling 471 votes.
Others are Mr. Kenneth Imasuagbon 247 votes, Dr. Chris Ogienwonyi 137 votes, while Gen. Charles Airhiavbere polled 11 votes.
Prof. Osarhiemien Osunbor 9 votes, Tina Agbarha 3 votes, Peter Esele 8 votes, Austin Emuan 7 votes, Emmanuel Arigbe Osula 10 votes, Prof Ebegbue Amadasun 8 votes and Blessing Agbomhere 5 votes and 41 invalid votes.
The outcome of the election was relayed by the chairman of the Election Committee and governor of Katsina State, Alhaji Aminu Masari at about 4 a.m. yesterday.
A total number of 2,582 delegates were accredited to elect the party’s flag bearer with delegates from the 18 Local Government Areas in three designated centers in Benin City.
Observers had seen the signs of Obaseki’s victory as the counting progressed, deputy governor Dr. Odubu, Ogienwonyi and Imasuagbon left the stadium early in sombre mood which early enough had attested to the victory.
Expressing futher support and holding forth his confidence in Obaseki’s choice, Oshiomhole attested to Obaseki’s acceptance speech which he said had sold him out as an asset to the state in service offer.
“The guy is sound, he is at home to issues; he is not a stranger to governance. He has been at home with the issues, he has been part of the system in the past seven years, so there is no space for learning.The guy is already hitting the ground running”
The Governor claimed he felt fulfilled in Obaseki candidacy. According to Oshioamhole, he was delighted that Democracy is winning in Edo state with people all over the World watching the election live on television. According to him Edo is leading healthy democracy by example.”
Godwin Obaseki assured a new era of ensured accountability and transparency during his tenure if he is given the governorship election ticket.