INEC has declared Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo and the PDP candidate 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, Effurun, announced the result after its collation in Benin on Sunday afternoon.
Obaseki polled 307,955 votes to defeat his closest rival and the APC candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who scored 223,619 votes.
A total of 14 candidates participated in the contest which has 557,443 as the total number of accredited voters and 537,407 as the total number of valid votes.
The rejected votes totalled 12,835 and the total number of votes cast was 550,242.
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.
However, there were reports of invalid votes in some polling units across the 18 local government areas.