SaharaReporters has ascertained from a top official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that Governor Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole has won the Edo State governorship election.
Mr. Oshiomhole, the candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), has so far garnered 431,536 votes from 17 out the 18 local governments in Edo State. His main rival, Major General Charles Airhiavbere of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has so far scored 125,437 votes.
“It’s clear that the incumbent governor is going to win by a landslide,” said the INEC source, adding, “INEC will formally declare him after all the votes are counted in a few minutes .”
The June 14 election was seen 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 deployed thousands of soldiers to major towns in Edo State in a bid to shore up the PDP’s candidate, but the people of the state trooped out in large number to ensure that Mr. Oshiomhole beat back his PDP challenger.