By Chijindu Emeruwa
Atiku Abubakar, ex-Nigeria Vice President and 2019 presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP during the general elections, has described Governor Godwin Obaseki’s victory in the just concluded gubernatorial election conducted in Edo State, as declaration of Independence from the anti-democratic forces of god fatherism and militarism.
He congratulated Governor Godwin Obaseki and the people of Edo State for their resilience in the face of the forces arrayed against them.
The Former Vice President, in a statement posted in his facebook wall, Sunday, while reacting to the declaration of the Obaseki as winner of the just concluded gubernatorial election in Edo State, also urged Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu to accept the right hand of fellowship that is likely to be extended to him by Governor Godwin Obaseki.
DAILY POST reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has officially declared Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, winner of the Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State.
INEC’s Returning Officer for the election declared Obaseki winner of the election after polling the highest number of votes as mandated by the law.
Obaseki who is the PDP’s governorship candidate defeated his closest rival, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) with a total of 307,955.
Ize-Iyamu, however, polled a total of 223,619.
However, according to the PDP chieftain in the statement, “i look forward to the continuation of four more years of tangible development, and people centered leadership from Governor Obaseki. I also seize this opportunity to thank His Royal Highness, the Oba of Benin, Omo N’oba N’Edo Uku Akpolopkolo, Ewuare II, for the fatherly role he played as a neutral catalyst for peace. That this election was, by and large, free from violence, is a testament of the long and effective shadow he casts over his domain.
“There is a new wind of democratic change now blowing all over Nigeria. The forces of despotism, nepotism, and interlopers cannot successfully withstand this force. Nigeria shall soon be totally free from these forces, from Kaura Namoda, to Lagos. The only power that will stand in Nigeria is people power, not the power of godfathers, or despots”.