Edo 2020: Ize-Iyamu concedes defeat, congratulates Obaseki as Buhari hails INEC

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Standard bearer of the All Progressives Congress in the 2020 Edo State Governorship Election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has conceded defeat.

 

Ize-Iyamu agreed that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki, won the election and has since congratulated the opposition party.

 

SUNDAY FLAKES reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission on Sunday afternoon declared Obaseki winner of the keenly contested governorship election.

 

INEC’s Returning Officer, Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, who announced the result of the election, said Obaseki polled 307,955 votes to defeat his closest rival, Ize-Iyamu, who got 223,619 votes.

 

Rim-Ruke, while declaring Obaseki winner, said the incumbent governor was returned elected after satisfying all requirements in line with the law.

 

Obaseki was elected on APC’s platform in 2016 but defected to the PDP after being denied the ticket owing to intra-party squabbles.

 

Ize-Iyamu while reacting via his Twitter handle, wrote, “Edo people have decided, we thank you all! Congratulations to the opposition party! They have won! Election no be war. It’s time to work more harder for the next 4 years. Congratulations.”

 

See tweet:

Edo people have decided, We thank you all!
Congratulations to the Opposition party! They have won!
Election no be war.
It’s time to work more harder for the next 4years.
Congratulations.#EdoDecides2020 #EdoDecides #EdoElection

— Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu (@ize_osagie) September 20, 2020

 

 

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In a similar development, President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki on his re-election.

 

He also hailed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the smooth process that led to the emergence of Obaseki.

 

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In a statement on Sunday by his Senior Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari said: “President Buhari has commended the election process in Edo State which led to the victory of @GovernorObaseki as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

 

“”I have consistently advocated for free and fair elections in the country because it is the bedrock of true democratic order.

 

“Democracy will mean nothing if the votes of the people don’t count or if their mandate is fraudulently tampered with.

 

“He commended the people of Edo State, the parties, candidates and security agencies for conducting themselves responsibly.”

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