Edo election: Residents shutdown Benin for Obaseki’s victory match

Edo election: Residents shutdown Benin for Obaseki’s victory match


Patriotic Nigerians living in Edo State on Monday shutdown three Local Government Areas, comprising Oredo, Egor, and Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Areas of Edo State for the victory match of Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Hon. Philip Shaibu re-election while losers quietly meditate on what the future hold for them in their various homes.


The development comes barely 24 hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Governor Godwin Obaseki as the winner of September 19, 2020 governorship election in Edo State.

Prof. Agofure Rukeh of Federal University of Petroleum Technology, Efurun, Delta State who doubled as the State returning Electoral Officer in the election, returned Obaseki re-elected after he polled 307,955 valid votes to defeat his closest rival, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who scored 223,619 votes in the election.

The event earlier scheduled for Sunday to marked the historic Edo peoples triumph over sit tight political god-fathers in the State from Sunday to Monday due unexplained delay in announcing some election results at INEC headquarters in Benin.

The procession which cuts across bypartisan block, paralyzed business activities for several hours in Benin Metropolis.

It cascade across Oba market area, the King square, Sapele road, New Benin market area and other locations in Egor and Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Areas of the State.

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Commuters, pedestrians were stunned by the dance steps of leaders and members of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) and members of the State Executive Council (SEC) members, and other workers who peeped through the windows in offices to catch a glimpse of the jubilant crowd.

Traders and business owners abandoned to their wares to listen to the heartfelt goodwill message by Governor Godwin Obaseki which held his audience spell-bound over a reverberating mantra, “Edo no be Lagos”, “It must complete (Torgba) and cheers.

Patriotic neighborhood defied the Monday afternoon showers to show solidarity winners in the election who have become the centre of attraction for redefining the political landscape of Edo politics.

One  of the jubilant PDP members who gave his name as Osaro Igbineweka, said they are happy with the victory of Governor Obaseki at the polls.

“The victory of the governor at the election deserves celebration because it is victory for the common people of Edo, it is victory from the shackles of the real political godfather.

“We just have to celebrate because Edo has finally returned to its traditional political party, the PDP. We are happy that the votes of the people have finally counted”, he said.

Addressing residents of the State at the Benin Museum ground the King square, Governor Godwin Obaseki, promised not to betray the electorate.

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Obaseki who led the procession, thanked them for supporting his government to end god-fatherism in the State, assuring that he will deliver on infrastructure and provide welfare to the electorate in the next four years.

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