BENIN CITY – GOVENROR Adams Oshiomhole led All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state floored the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the House of Assembly elections held Saturday, winning 21 out of the 24 House of Assembly seats in the state.
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih picked three seats for his party in his Edo Central senatorial district of the state.
Meanwhile unofficial results in the rescheduled Edo South senartorial election in Oriomnwon Local Government Area of Edo state, indicated that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Pharm. Matthew Urhoghide defeated the Minority whip of the House of Representatives and APC candidate, Mr Samson Osagie.
Results from polling units indicated that though Osagie defeated Urhoghide in Oriomwon but the poor voters turn out affected his chances in upturning the about 27,000 votes which Urhoghide was leading with after the March 28, National Assembly elections in six Local Government Areas in Edo South.
Meantime, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Edo state, Mr Mike Igini, who declared that elections have been concluded in the state, commended the people of the state for their support throughout the elections.
Some of the House of Assembly results in Edo South indicated that the immediate past Edo state Commissioner in the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and APC House of Assembly candidate in Ikpoba Okhai, Mr Henry Okwuarobo polled 23,571 as against 14,459 polled by the PDP candidate.
The former chairman of Egor Local Government Area and APC House of Assembly candidate for Egor, Mr Crosby Eribo polled 19,554 t defeat the PDP candidate, Nosa Adams who polled 12,233 votes. Results from the collations centers indicated that the APC won the entire House of Assembly seats in Edo South and Edo North senatorial districts of the state while they picked three out of the six in Edo Central district.
Igini who spoke to Vanguard Sunday said, “ First Edo state people I must commend them for the kind of corporation they gave to the commission. I must commend them the way and manner they appreciated that we stand for electoral justice, that all that is required from us is to provide a level playing field. Haven looked at the reports from other parts of the country you will see that the outcome of the election is as contested by the candidates, it is a reflection of what the people wanted.
“Baring a few complaints here and there, any human activity of this complex nature you will not expect that there will be no isolated case of deviation by one ad-hoc staff or the other. Of course on account of politicians who are very very desperate to want to have unfair advantage of the system? Over all I am very satisfied, particularly with the performance of Saturday election unlike the first election, our logistic arrangement was perfect.
“ We got to all the polling unit as at 6am and materials were on ground. They were areas we had issues with card readers in the morning but the problem was quickly dealt with. The card readers worked in a very fantastic manner. Personally, my level of satisfaction in this Saturday election was very exceptional and I am very happy. I have kept faith that under my watch it will be free, fair, credible election, providing a level playing field for all candidates” he stated.