On Saturday September 19, 2020 governorship election in Edo State, has altered the political landscape of the State, with the former Secretary to Edo State Government, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, becoming the first governorship Candidate in the State to lose governorship elections in Edo State in four years.
The incumbent governor of the State, Godwin Obaseki, has also Candidate to win to win Governorship election twice on two different political parties twice in four years.
Ize-Iyamu lost his first governorship election to Mr. Godwin Obaseki, who was Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in September 25, 2016.
Four years after the his defeat, Ize-Iyamu, defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and picked the governorship and contested the second time against ticket of the party. Consequently, he contested against the incumbent Governor of the State, Godwin Obaseki with his deputy, Mr. Philip Shaibu who by default became the Candidate and running mate of PDP in the just concluded September 19, 2020 governorship election.
In the election, Prof. Agofure Rukeh of Federal University of Petroleum Technology, Efurun, returned the incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki re-elected after he polled 307,955 votes ahead of his closest rival who secured 223,619 votes in the just concluded governorship election in the State.
Ize-Iyamu is renowned for his popular Campaign mantra, ‘No man is God’, lost to Obaseki who disqualified to seek re-election on the platform of APC with 84,336 valid votes cast in the election which was contested by 14 political parties.
The All Progressives Party (APC), has rejected results of Saturday governorship election in Edo State, a move the party supporters and some members of the party believe could tip their cause to the right.
Chairman of the APC Media Campaign Council, Mr. John Mayaki in a statement he issued on Sunday, cited alleged strong arm tactics.
The party, urged members to stay calm and thanked them for their support, but, alleged foul play while party leaders study the result and decide what is next.
Recall that the former National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole who followed for the APC Candidate across the State ahead of the September 19, 2020 election, had repeatedly boasted that the PDP will never govern Edo State while he is alive.