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The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and secured the party’s ticket to contest in the September 19 governorship election in the state.
The governor emerged as the party’s flagbearer on June 25, during the party’s primary elections held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, which had key party stalwarts and executives from within and outside the state in attendance.
The co-aspirants in the race for the ticket, who stepped down for the governor before the election include Hon. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, Engr. Gideon Ikhine and Kenneth Imasuagbon. The governor polled 1,952 votes to win the primary election. A total of 2,234 delegates from the 192 wards and 18 Local Government Areas of Edo State participated in election with Governor Obaseki as only candidate on the ballot after three other candidates backed out of the contest.
Announcing the result of the shadow election, the PDP Edo Primary Election Committee Chairman and the Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed, declared the governor the winner of the contest after winning over 90 percent of the available votes.
In his acceptance speech, Governor Obaseki expressed appreciation to all those who made his election as the PDP guber candidate possible.
He noted, “My dear people of Edo State, leaders and members of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), I thank you all for your support and for electing me as the flagbearer of our party in the September governorship election.
“How could I have survived the epic political battles that I was dragged and forced into, in the last one year, without you my people, solidly behind me? I thank my party delegates, who stood all through the day and night, to vote me as the party’s candidate.
“I salute leaders of the party who set aside their ambitions in the interest of party unity and the progress of our state.
“I thank every Edo man, woman, our resilient youth, home and abroad for making the fight for my emergence, their own. You invested your resources and raised your voices to support my aspiration even in the face of threats and intimidation.”
The primary election was conducted in a convivial atmosphere, as many described it to be one of the most peaceful and decorous of such events to be organized in the state, especially as the governor had only just defected to the party a few days before.
L-R: Barr. Kenneth Imasuagbon; Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki; Engr. Gideon Ikhine; Hon. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama and Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Phillip Shaibu, during the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) governorship primary election where Governor Obaseki emerged as flag bearer of the party at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin-City.