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Obaseki receives Certificate of Return, extends hand of fellowship to Oshiomhole, Ize-Iyamu

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) issued a Certificate of Return to Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Tuesday following his declaration as winner of the September 19 governorship election in the State.

The certificate was presented to the Governor and his running mate, Philip Shaibu, by Mrs May Agbamuche-Mbu, the National Commissioner coordinating Edo, Rivers and Bayelsa State, at the Commission’s office in Benin.

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The Governor, who contested on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), polled a total of 307,955 votes to defeat his closest rival, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who scored 223,619 votes. Agbamuche-Mbu said the presentation of Certificates of Return to the governor and his deputy is a statutory obligation of the Commission in fulfilment of the requirement of the electoral law.

‘Certificates of Return should be issued within seven days of the declaration of election results to a winner in line with the electoral act,’ she said. The National Commissioner thanked all stakeholders and Edo people for their contributions and commitment towards the credible and safe conclusion of the election process in Edo. In his acceptance speech, Godwin Obaseki, expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for rising above partisan politics by allowing the will of the people to prevail in the just concluded state governorship election.

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