June 11, 2024

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PDP sweeps all seats in Edo council polls, Obaseki applauds

Edo Gov. Godwin Obaseki casting his vote in Saturday’s state local government election. Photo: Platform X @GovernorObaseki

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates have emerged triumphant in the Edo State local government elections held Saturday. Gov. Godwin Obaseki is perhaps the only person cheering.

This because participation by the was abysmally low.

Results annoucd by the state independent electoral commission reveal that the PDP has secured wins in all 18 local government areas, other parties but PDP say the exercise was marrred by irregularities.

Aside the PDP, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Labour Party (LP) were among the major political parties that took part in the election for chairmanship and councillorship positionsf in all the wards.

Gov. Obaseki, says the PDP’s performance shows the party’s dominance, and that the outcome of the election is a reflection of the wish of the majority of Edo people.

Obaseki made the assertions, saying to journalists at the Diocese of Benin St. Peter’s Anglican Church, during the 15th memorial thanksgiving service of his late father, late Pa Roland Oni Obaseki, that he feels satisfied.

In company of Secretary to Edo State Government (SSG) Osarodion Ogie, Oredo local government chairman-elect Dr. Tom Obaseki, and other top government functionaries, Obaseki applauded the people as there was no violence recorded during electioneering.

“We have a situation room where we monitored the process across the state and want to thank the people. You can see that we are democratically mature in Edo State, in terms of the way the election was conducted.

“I was surprised at the diligence of the Edo State Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC). I went round and saw the number of polling units mounted by EDSIEC and the various electoral officers in the three metropolitan local government areas and it was quite impressive.

“The turnout was fair as expected and it shows that we can conduct elections without disrupting economic and social activities.

“The people voted and went about their usual activities for the weekend. Overall, I believe we have done well. It was a free and fair election. The mass participation and dominance of PDP as a party in the state was clearly exhibited in this election.”