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Edo Tribunal: Obaseki Grateful For Victory

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Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki has expressed
gratitude to the people of his state for his recent victory over the
People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu at the Edo
Election Petition Tribunal, which sat at the Edo State High Court in
Benin City, the State capital.

While the
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Godwin
Obaseki the winner of the September 28, 2016 gubernatorial elections in
Edo State, the PDP and Ize-Iyamu had written a petition challenging the
result of the election and praying to be declared winner. 
The Tribunal, which sat to heart the petition however concluded proceedings on Friday, upholding the declaration of Governor Obaseki as winner of the elections.
In
a statement from the office of the governor, Obaseki said: “This
victory at the tribunal  would have been impossible without the support
of the multitude of well wishers, soldiers and champions of democracy,
who stood firmly with me and the good people of our state as we fought
in defence of a mandate freely given, which we consider to be divine”.
In
addition, the governor appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for what
he described as “his fatherly counsel and unwavering commitment to
democracy and good governance” and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for “his
wisdom, encouragement, and relentless support”.
Continuing,
Governor Obaseki also praised Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, National
Chairman of APC for remaining a strong pillar and the judiciary for
being an impartial arbiter and helping to defend democracy.
Meanwhile,
he acknowledged the impact of the media, saluting them for stirring
rigorous debate, even as he lauded the support of the party faithful and
the security forces who helped to maintain law and order.
Also
on the governor’s list of appreciation was his predecessor, Comrade
Adams Oshiomhole, who he said helped to liberate the state from the home
of political irresponsibility, praying that history would be kind to
the former governor. 
He, however, urged
opposition parties to join him in building a progressive and prosperous
state, noting that although their opposition helped his administration
stay focused, he would refrain from gloating in victory and that the
season of contestation was over. 
He said: “To
all my dear citizens of Edo State at home and abroad, let me state again
that our victory at the tribunal is a challenge to work hard on our
promise to move Edo forward. Finally, all appreciation and honour goes
to God Almighty for being our guide and guard. May His blessings be upon
us all”.

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