SaharaReporters has ascertained from a top official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that Governor Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole is the winner of the Edo State governorship election.
With votes counted from 18 local governments in Edo State, Mr. Oshiomhole, the candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), had garnered 477, 478 votes. His main rival, Major General Charles Airhiavbere (ret.) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), scored 144,255 votes.
“It’s clear that the incumbent governor is going to win by a landslide,” said the INEC source, adding, “INEC is in the process of preparing a formal statement to declare him the winner.”
Some analysts regarded the July 14 election as a final proof of the political irrelevance of Tony Anenih, former chair of the PDP’s board of trustees who paraded himself as a kingmaker in the state. Mr. Oshiomhole trounced his PDP rival, handpicked by Mr. Anenih, in both the candidate’s ward as well as that of Mr. Anenih.
President Goodluck Jonathan had campaigned in Benin City for the losing PDP candidate. The president had also ordered the deployment of thousands of soldiers to major towns in Edo State in a bid to intimidate voters and shore up the PDP candidate. However, the people of the state trooped out in large number to ensure that Mr. Oshiomhole’s victory could not be stolen.
Reached moments ago, an aide to Governor Oshiomhole said the governor was grateful for the vigilance of the people to ensure that the voters triumphed over the PDP’s gimmicks. He added that the governor saw his victory as an indication that the people of Edo “have decisively rejected those who lie and kill for the sake of power.”
Olaitan Oyerinde, the governor’s private secretary and one of his closest aides, was murdered by assassins suspected to have been hired by PDP henchmen in the state.
Governor Oshiomhole was declared winner by INEC’s returning officer Prof. Osayuki Oshodi at exactly 7:40 AM Nigerian time.
INEC’s Official Results of Edo State Gubernatorial Election of July 14 2012
Egor ACN 60,623 PDP 3,486
Esan North-East ACN-13,068 PDP-12,478
Esan Central ACN- 9,751 PDP- 6,758
Esan South-East ACN-14,904 PDP-9,634
Esan West ACN-13,499 PDP-13,282
Etsako Central ACN-16,834 PDP-5,113
Etsako East ACN-14,904 PDP- 9,634
Etsako West ACN-44,962 PDP-5,920
Igueben ACN 9,751 PDP-6,758
Ikpoba Okha ACN-58,809 PDP- 6,505
Oredo ACN-66,552 PDP-9,081
Orhionmwon ACN. 26,163 PDP-8,716
Ovia North-East ACN-26,835 PDP-5,4278
Ovia South-West ACN. 15,150 PDP-7,229
Owan East ACN-22,483 PDP-11,709
Owan West ACN-15,150 PDP-7,229
Uhunmwonde ACN-17,011 PDP-5,826
TOTAL CAN = 477,478 PDP =144,235