Edo election: INEC issues return certificate to Obaseki

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has presented Certificate of Return to the Edo state Governor-Elect, Godwin Obaseki.

Obaseki had won the September 28th governorship election in the state.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Sam Olumekun while speaking at the event said the election was a historic moment in the lives of Edo people.

“It is a historic day not only in the lives of our new leaders but also in the lives of Edo state. It is the dawn of a new era.

“An inconclusive election would have pushed us to an electoral crisis with barely two week to the 30 days before handover, Edo people will appreciate why we had the election on September 28. That is why the commission left no stone unturned in conduction the September 28 election which was conclusive.”

The Governor-Elect, Godwin Obaseki said he was ready to serve the people of Edo, while thanking INEC for conducting a free and fair election.

“Let me start by thanking God Almighty and also the REC and INEC Chairman for conducting what has been adjudged one of the most peaceful, free, fair and credible election in the state.

“I feel so exited today because i decided to enter politics because i felt it was time to expand the polity. I see my role as one of a touch bearer so as to attract resources into our democratic space.

He continued, “Because i was cognisant of the fact i had to run my campaign as professionally as possible dealing with the issues that concern our people and try to down play the non-issues. It has shown that today’s result can be proven, we can be professional, we can be honest, we can be open, we don’t have to tell lies, we don’t have to deceive our people to get electoral success.

“The events leading to the election and after have proven that you were as fair, transparent, and open as you possibly could be and the people of Edo state generally accepted the outcome of the election. You were efficient but not perfect.

“I fully understand the responsibility i am here to carry, i have the people of Edo state who have come out and gave me the responsibility of leading Edo.

“I want to assure everybody here that i decided to become governor because i want to serve and i will put your interest over and above my personal interest”.

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