The fight is over, come join us build Edo, Obaseki tells Oshiomhole, Ize-Iyamu

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The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has urged the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and its governorship candidate Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and other political leaders in the APC to join the state government in developing the state.

Obaseki disclosed this when he led his deputy, Phillip Shaibu to the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Benin City to receive their certificates of return after their victory in Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State.

He said now that the election is over, it is important for all political gladiators especially Oshiomhole and Ize-Iyamu in the APC to sheath their sword and work with the government in building the state. Obaseki thanked God and Edo people for a peaceful election, adding that history had been made in the state.

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The governor said INEC’s national Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, should receive most of the accolades for his steadfastness and ability to withstand pressure, adding that using his intellect in introducing technology for the election should be hailed by all.

According to him, “Despite all the criticisms, the ability of INEC to view results as the counting is taking place in polling units is one innovation, we will implore INEC to maintain and improve on. Because it has introduced different element of transparency in the way we conduct election in Nigeria.

“I am using this opportunity to extend a hand of fellowship to my brother, Osagie Ize-iyamu, and other colleagues in the APC to work with us to move Edo forward.

“On a specific note, I want to use this occasion to call on former National chairman of the APC Adams Oshiomhole that the fight is over, to come and join in building the house where he was part of laying the foundation.

“We have no malice; the only thing we disagreed on is on the approach in moving Edo forward.’’

Obaseki, who also commended President Muhammadu Buhari, said the president would be remembered as the father of democracy in Nigeria.

“This is because he had a choice to ensure and insist that his party wins in the state but he rose above partisan politics, and insisted the right be done,” he said.

According to him, “I want to finally thank his royal majesty, Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, for his fatherly role, for the prayers for peace, and for being that symbol we all look up to”.

Obaseki adds that both members of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and APC are one family and cooperation is needed in moving Edo State forward.

“To our friends and brothers on the other side of the divide, we are one family in the pursuit to provide services and public goods for our citizens.

“Our citizens have decided that for now, they trust us more to provide the leadership. It does not mean that they do not have a role to play. It does not mean that they are not part of the family,” the governor stressed.

The National Commissioner, INEC in charge of Edo, Rivers, and Bayelsa, Mrs. May Agbmuche-Mbu who made the presentation described it as a statutory obligation of the Commission which must be carried out within seven days after its declaration of a winner.

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

“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,” Agbmuche-Mbu said while presenting the certificate to Obaseki.

“This occasion is only made possible because of the successful conduct of the governorship election last Saturday, Sept. 19. INEC, I believe, has played its humble part but we have always maintained that a successfully conducted election is a collective effort, and so it has proven to be,” she added.

Obaseki was returned elected by INEC after polling the highest number of votes in the keenly-contested election conducted on Saturday, September 19.