Edo 2016: Obaseki woos co-contestants after victory


Following his victory on Sunday as the All Progressives Congress flagbearer for the Edo state gubernatorial election scheduled for September 10, Mr Godwin Obaseki has called on his co-contestants’ to support his bid to become governor of the state.

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Obaseki defeated 11 contestants to clinch the governorship ticket of the APC.

He said his victory at the primary elections was a collective one, adding that it was time for all the contestants to unite and ensure that the party wins the upcoming election with a landslide victory.

In the result of the primaries announced in the early hours of Sunday at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin, venue of the exercise, Obaseki scored 1,618 votes to defeat his closest rival, Dr. Pius Odubu, who polled 471 votes.

The result was announced by Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina state, Chairman of the committee charged with the conduct of the election.

In his acceptance speech, Obaseki urged his co-contestants to work with him to achieve victory for APC in the Sept. 10 governorship election.

According to him, the primary election was only the first leg of other challenges ahead.

He said, “As a party, we must continue to work as a team to deliver victory at the governorship election. But, let me assure you that we will win.”

The party’s nominee said that the state had commenced another journey into a brighter future, “a future which will define the state as a modern and progressive state where every citizen is provided with opportunity to live life to its fullness”.

He promised to build on the successes of Governor Adams Oshiomhole.

In his remarks, Masari, who presented the Certificate of Return to Obaseki, urged those who participated in the primaries to regard themselves as winners and not losers.

He said that together the aspirants could and would make Edo and Nigeria better.

“For those who are not lucky to be the flag bearer this time around, they should get ready; four years in the life of a nation is so small, even in the life of an individual.

“In politics, we have to learn to accept defeat and prepare for the next election,” Masari said.