President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun on Thursday congratulated the government and people of Edo State on the successful conclusion of the governorship election, and the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Godwin Obaseki at the polls.
In a telephone call to Governor Adams Oshiomhole, President Buhari commended the well-articulated campaign programme of the APC in the state, the doggedness of the Governor, Governor-elect and party members in going round the state to reach the people with records of good governance over the years and a promise of continuity.
According to the President, the outcome of the election clearly reflected the mood of the people to sustain the pedigree of responsiveness, forthrightness and diligence that Governor Oshiomhole brought into the service of his people.
The victory is good for democracy, for Nigeria and the people of Edo State.
President Buhari said the victory was well-deserved as the campaign train, which he joined, worked hard to sell its people-centered manifesto.
He also applauded the conduct of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies, corps members and electorate in ensuring a peaceful election.
In his message, Governor Aregbesola, said the final result of the election was not surprising given Nigerians’ conviction that the APC has offered quality and selfless leadership at all strata where it is in control.
“Victory was not unexpected for the only party that has proved beyond doubt that selfless service to the people is weapon to kill and bury political parties that promote selfishness, greed, self-aggrandisement and elevates kleptocracy as a state policy.
“As bad as the PDP brought Nigeria, it is evident the rescue mission is on course no matter what the naysayers say.
“Nigerians have rejected PDP and that is final,” he said.
Aregbesola while welcoming Obaseki to the fold, said he must be determined to ensure fulfilment of his promised programmes for the people.
“This is the hallmark of our party and we therefore, congratulate our people in Edo for voting for continuity. Good governance, we are confident, will only continue.
INEC had announced that Obaseki won the majority of the votes cast, with a total of 319,483 votes, defeating his closest co-contender of the PDP, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who polled 253,173 votes.