The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has presented a certificate of return to Godwin Obaseki as the elected governor of Edo State.
The electoral umpire had on Sunday declared him the winner of last Saturday’s governorship election in the state.
Presenting certificates of return to Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, on Tuesday, INEC south-south national commissioner, May Agbamuche-Mbu, said the governor fulfilled all the constitutional requirements to emerge winner of the election.
Obaseki of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) defeated his closest challenger, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election to secure another term of four years.
He secured 307,955 votes across 18 local government areas (LGAs) of the state while Ize-Iyamu polled 223,619 votes.
The governor won in 13 LGAs while the APC candidate won in five.
Although Ize-Iyamu is yet to concede the election, the national leadership of his party has since accepted the results.
The APC leadership described the outcome as a victory for democracy and asked Ize-Iyamu to congratulate Obaseki.