Adams Oshiomhole Declared Winner of Edo Governorship Election
Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole, the incumbent Governor of Edo State and the candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria in the Edo State governorship election, has defeated 6 other candidates to emerge the governor elect for a second term in Edo state
Mr Oshiomhole, polled 477, 478 to defeat his closest rival of the Peoples Democratic Party, who polled 144, 265 votes according to the INEC resident electoral commissioner for Edo State.
Charles E. Airhiarvbere, the PDP candidate, was his closest rival, recording 144,235 votes.
The INEC boss stated that a total of 667,933 voters were accredited with over 17,000 votes cancelled.
Some analysts regarded the June 14 election as a final proof of the political irrelevance of Tony Anenih, former chair of the PDP’s board of trustees who paraded himself as a kingmaker in the state. Mr. Oshiomhole trounced his PDP rival, handpicked by Mr. Anenih, in both the candidate’s ward as well as that of Mr. Anenih.
President Goodluck Jonathan had campaigned in Benin City for the losing PDP candidate. The president had also ordered the deployment of thousands of soldiers to major towns in Edo State in a bid to intimidate voters and shore up the PDP candidate. However, the people of the state trooped out in large number to ensure that Mr. Oshiomhole’s victory could not be stolen.