Obaseki defeated his main challenger, Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressive Congress (APC), and 12 other easy candidates to win another four-year term.
Obaseki received 307,955 votes, while Ize-Iyamu received 223,619 votes.
A Violent Election
The preparations for the elections were anything but peaceful, as thugs from the two main political camps unleashed violence and turned the southern state into a kind of battlefield.
Police Chief Mohammed Adamu had to send 31,000 officers to Edo to keep the peace and restore some semblance of common sense a few days before the vote.
The vote itself was marred by violence in some polling stations and by vote buying. One election official was shot dead while the other was wounded in the face. COVID-19’s security protocols, such as physical restraint and the wearing of face masks, were also largely ignored at the polling stations.
Godwin Obaseki Glory Speech
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Oshiomhole vs. Obaseki
Obaseki had fallen out with his godfather and predecessor Adams Oshiomhole a few months before the election campaign. He defected from the APC to the PDP in June after he was disqualified from the primary in the APC program because the selection committee cited discrepancies in his school reports.
Obaseki then won the PDP’s ticket to the election a week after visiting PDP governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom.
2,210,534 residents of Edo registered to vote in the election.
The southern senate district of Edo had the highest number of registered voters with 1,281,414, the northern one with 564,122, while the central senate district had the lowest number of registered voters with 364,998.
483,769 registered voters were not able to collect their Permanent Voter Card (PVC) for the election.
Obaseki, 61, was first sworn in as governor of Edo on November 12, 2016. He was nicknamed “wait and see” in the streets of Edo – a reference to his ability to rehabilitate a dilapidated infrastructure in record time.