Benin – INEC has declared Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo and Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), winner of the Sept. 19, governorship election in the state.

The Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Petroleum Resources, Effuru, announced the result after its collation in Benin on Sunday afternoon.

Obaseki polled a total of 307,955 votes to defeat the closest rival and the All Progressives Congress (APC), candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who scored 223,619.

A total of 14 candidates participated in the contest which had the total number of accredited voters for the election at 557,443 and total valid votes votes as 537,407.

The rejected votes were 12,835 and the total number of votes cast was 550,242.

Prof. Rim-Rukeh announced that Obaseki, having scored the highest number of votes was therefore declared the winner of the election.

Obaseki won in 13 of the 18 Local Governments Areas of the state, namely, Orhionmwon, Igueben, Owan West , Oredo, Ikpoba-Okha, Esan West, Esan Central, Esan South East, Esan North East, Uhumwode, Egor, Ovia North East and Ovia South West.

Below are the results as obtained by APC and PDP

AKOKO EDO 22,963 20,101
EGOR 10,202 27,621
ESAN CENTRAL 6,719 10,794
ESAN NORTH EAST 6,556 13,579
ESAN SOUTH EAST 9,237 10,563
ESAN WEST 7,189 17,434
ETSAKO CENTRAL 8,359 7,478
ETSAKO EAST 17,011 10,668
ETSAKO WEST 26,140 17,959
IGUEBEN 5,199 7,870
IKPOBA OKHA 18,218 41,030
OREDO 18,365 43,498
ORHIONMWON 10,458 13,445
OVIA NORTH EAST 9,907 16,987
OVIA SOUTH WEST 10,636 12,659
OWAN EAST 19,295 14,762
OWAN WEST 11,193 11,485
UHUNMWODE 5,972 10,022
TOTAL 223619 307955

At the collation centre the Collation Officer for Etsako Central, however, disclosed that an INEC official was shot and another INEC staff member was injured on the face.

He noted that both of them were battling with their lives in an undisclosed hospital.

Nigerian Observer reports that there were records of invalid votes in some polling units across the 18 local government areas.