By Henry Umoru, Josephine Agbonkhese, Joseph Erunke, Omeiza Ajayi & Boluwaji Obahopo
REACTIONS, yesterday, trailed the victory of All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate in Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki.
After a keenly contested election, Obaseki, who polled 319, 483 votes and won in 13 of the 18 locals councils, edged out his closest rival, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who scored 253,173 votes.
Commending Obaseki’s hard-won victory, the APC National Working Committee, NWC, said the victory was well deserved.
In a message on behalf of the APC, National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, thanked the good people of Edo State for the massive turnout during the election.
Also speaking, Senate President Bukola Saraki congratulated the governor-elect.
In a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki described Obaseki’s success as well deserved and expected by those who keenly followed the campaigns in the state in the last few months.
Saraki, however, advised Obaseki to sustain the developmental strides of Oshiomhole when he assumes office.
National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on his part, said Obaseki was a tested technocrat who would reap from the immense good work done by Governor Oshiomhole, adding that Edo State was set to join Lagos State in framing the continuity model.
In his reaction, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State said the victory of Obaseki showed that Edo State was ready for transformation and consolidation of the outgoing administration.
“Governor Oshiomhole has laid the right foundation for progressive governance. He has been responsive, progressive and totally committed to the needs of the people.
With the decision to vote Mr Obaseki who is equally people-friendly, reliable, trustworthy, and has the fear of God, the people have made the right choice and I can only urge them to continue to support him to deliver on the campaign promises,” he said