By Alemma-Ozioruva Aliu, Benin City
NATIONAL chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Governor Godwin Obaseki and Senate Deputy Chief Whip Senator Francis Alimikhena delivered their polling units for the APC and President Muhammadu Buhari.
Obaseki delivered his Unit 10 in Oredo Ward 4 for the APC in the presidential, senatorial and House of Representatives election. In Iyamho Primary School where Oshiomhole voted, the APC polled 775 votes while the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored 0 votes in the three elections.
Oshiomhole commended the electoral body for their efforts in improving the electoral process in Nigeria.
As at the time of filing this report yesterday, collation of the senatorial results was still on-going in Auchi, headquarters of Etsako West local government area which is the Edo North senatorial headquarters.
Alimikhena in his polling unit scored 1176 votes while the closest rival PDP scored 12 votes. President Buhari also won, scoring a total of 930 votes while Atiku score 11 votes in the same polling unit.
In Akoko-Edo local government area, former president of the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers (NUPENG), Peter Ohio Akpatason won his re-election to the House of Representatives defeating his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) opponent, Oladale Bankole-Balogun.
He polled 27,096 as against Bankole-Balogun’s 16,053. Akpatason described the victory as the true reflection of the wishes of the people.
Meanwhile, the Catholic Bishop of Uromi Diocese, Most Reverend Donatus Ogun, has commended Obaseki for ensuring violence-free conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly elections in the state.
He gave the commendation while delivering a homily at the Thanksgiving Mass in celebration of Professor Emmanuel Emovon’s 90th birthday anniversary, held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Benin City, yesterday. He said: “We just completed a phase of the 2019 general elections and I am happy about the way and manner Edo State electorates conducted themselves and maintained peaceful disposition throughout the state. I thank the governor and all his men for ensuring a peaceful election in the state.
“We will continue to pray for Governor Obaseki and all those working with him for ensuring we have peace in the state unlike in some other states in the country.” The governor, who attended the Thanksgiving Mass, described the celebrant as an Edo icon who has made Benin people proud.