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 Obaseki gets certificate of return

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued a certificate of return to Godwin Obaseki as the elected governor of Edo state.

Obaseki and Philip Shaibu, his deputy, both of whom contested in the state governorship election under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were presented with the certificate in Edo on Tuesday.

The governor was declared winner of the Saturday poll after he got the highest votes.

INEC south-south national commissioner, May Agbamuche-Mbu, who presented him with the certificate, revealed that Obaseki fulfilled all the constitutional requirements to emerge winner of the election.

The governor was re-elected after securing 307,955 votes across 18 local government areas (LGAs) while Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), came second with 223,619 votes.

The PDP candidate, who will begin his second term in office in November, 2020, won in 13 LGAs while Osagie Ize-Iyamu, his APC challenger won in five LGAs.