Gov Obaseki, Shaibu get certificate of return from INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday presented a certificate of return to Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his Deputy, Phillip Shaibu.

The National Commissioner, INEC in charge of Edo, Rivers, and Bayelsa, Mrs May Agbmuche-Mbu made the presentation on Tuesday at the INEC office in Aduwawa, Benin City, the Edo State capital.

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Agbmuche-Mbu commended stakeholders particularly the security agencies for their role in the smooth conduct of the governorship poll.

While presenting the certificate to Obaseki, Agbmuche-Mbu said: “I hereby certify that Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has been elected to the office of governor of Edo State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at the election held on the 19th of September 2020”.

Governor Godwin Obaseki after receiving his certificate of return from INEC extended a hand of fellowship to the All Progressive Congress (APC) and its former chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

Obaseki said, “on a special note, I want to use this occasion to call on the former chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Aliu Oshiomhole, that, the fight is over.”

He specifically asked Oshiomhole to “come and join in building the house, where he was part of laying the foundation.”

According to him, “We have no malice. The only thing we disagree on is on the approach in moving Edo forward.”

Similarly, Obaseki also called on his strongest opponent in the election, Pastor Ize-Iyamu of the APC, saying, “we are one family in the pursuit to provide services and the public vote for our citizens.”

He added, “I want to put it on record that the election of September 19, 2020, has been adjudged as one of the best-conducted election in terms of it being free and fair.

“Our citizens have decided that for now, they trust us more with the affair of leadership. It does not mean that they did not have a role to play. It does not mean that they are not part of a family.

“So I am using this opportunity to extend a hand of fellowship to my brother, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his other colleagues in the APC to join us and work with us so that we can move Edo State forward.”

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