The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has on Sunday been declared the incumbent Edo State governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has been winner of the State governorship election.
The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), candidate polled 477,478 votes-73.72 per cent of 647,698 total votes cast-to defeat his closest rival, Charles Airhiarvbere of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Announcing the result, INEC’s returning officer, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Professor Osayuki Oshodi, revealed that Mr Oshiomhole won in all the 18 Local Government Areas of the state.
According to him: “I, Prof Oshiodi as the returning officer, hereby certify that I was the returning officer of the July 14 governorship election and hereby declare that Oshiomhole having satisfied the requirement of the law and having scored the highest number of votes cast is hereby declared winner,’’ the electoral official declared
PDP’s candidate polled 144,235 votes, (22.27 per cent of total votes) , while the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) candidate, Solomon Edebiri, got 3,642 votes.
Izevbuwa Roland of the Congress for Political Change (CPC), polled 2,792 votes, or 0.43 per cent of the total votes while Frank Ukonga of the Social Democratic Mega party (SDMP), got 807 votes, or 0.56 per cent of total votes.
Others in the result include Andrew Igwemoh of the Labour Party (LP), 604, with 0.09 per cent, and Paul Orumwense of the National Conscience Party (NCP), 504 votes, with 0.08 per cent of total votes.
About 17,282 voters could not vote in eight local government areas of the state for various reasons bordering on various breaches of the Electoral Act. But, elections did not hold at Ologbo, a riverine area of the state following the dead of four officials, including three police officers and an INEC ad hoc staff, in a boat mishap as they were conveying electoral materials to the area.
With this election, Mr Oshiomhole, the former president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has earned a second term in office following his election in the 2007 general election.
Below is INEC’s Official Results of Edo State Gubernatorial Election of July 14 2012