The governor-elect of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has accepted his victory in the governorship election and promised to work tirelessly to transform the state.
Obaseki spoke on Thursday after the Independent National Electoral Commission returned him as winner of the election.
“With great humility, I accept this announcement of my victory as the governor-elect of Edo State,” said Obaseki, who secured 319,483 votes in the election as against the 253,173 votes polled by Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the Peoples Democratic Party.
He said his victory underscored the preference of Edo people “for continuity and consolidation of our progress”.
“More importantly, by your votes you have clearly affirmed you faith in my ability to lead our state forward into a new era. This is a responsibility Philip Shuaibu, my running mate, and myself do not take lightly.”
Noting that he and his party made many promises during the election, Obaseki pledged that his administration would strive to deliver on all the promises and build “a state which will be anchored on a productive economy that will transform and empower our citizens to the best level”.
“I promise to work tirelessly for the good of all Edo people irrespective of gender, social status, ethnicity, religion or political affiliation,” he said.
He thanked the people for their courage in coming out to vote “in spite of the intimidating maneuvers of merchants of violence who wanted to derail the conduct of a peaceful, free and fair election”.
“You are the heroes of this election; you saw through their propaganda and lies and you made the right decision,” he said.