Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has stated that the “impressive performance” of the candidates of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in last Saturday’s local government election in Edo shows the party’s dominance.
He noted that outcome of the LG election was a reflection of the wish of the majority of Edo residents.
Obaseki spoke on Sunday, September 3, to reporters at the Diocese of Benin (Anglican Communion), St. Peter’s Anglican Church, during the 15th memorial thanksgiving service of his father, the late Pa Roland Oni Obaseki.
Edo governor, who was elated over the outcome of the local government election in the state, stressed that Edo residents were democratically mature, as there was no violence recorded during the electioneering.
He said: “We have a situation room where we monitored the election process across the state. I want to thank the people. You can see that we are democratically mature in Edo State, in terms of the way the election was conducted
“I was surprised at the diligence of EDSIEC. I went round and saw the number of polling units mounted by EDSIEC, and the various electoral officers in the three metropolitan local government areas, and it was quite impressive. The turnout was fair as expected, and it shows that we can conduct elections without disrupting economic and social activities.
“The people voted and went about their various activities for the weekend. Overall, I believe we have done well. It was a free and fair election. The mass participation and dominance of PDP in the state was clearly exhibited in the election.”
Obaseki also stated that he had not seen an election that had not been challenged, while reiterating that even the elections in USA were challenged.