Atiku, Saraki, Fayemi Want Obaseki to build on Oshiomhole’s legacy

Godwin Obaseki
Edo State Governor-Elect, Godwin Obaseki

Former Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Atiku Abubakar congratulates Mr. Godwin Obaseki on his election as the Governor-elect of Edo State.

In a press statement released by his Media Office in Abuja on Friday, the former Vice President describes the election victory as well-deserved, adding that the victory of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is an indication of how impactful the administration of his predecessor, Governor Adams Oshiomhole is.

According to the Turakin Adamawa, the fact that the APC was able to record such a resounding victory at a time of economic recession and uncertainty caused by years of poor planning and neglect of the past is a clear manifestation that the people of Edo State and indeed all Nigerians believe in the capacity of the APC to get the country out of the present economic predicament using transparency in governance and anti-corruption as principles of government.

Atiku says further that Obaseki’s close association with the glaring achievements of the immediate past administration of the APC action Governor of Edo State, Oshiomhole is another reason for the election victory of the APC candidate.

Atiku advised the Governor-elect, Godwin Obaseki, not to disappoint the people of Edo State but to improve on his famed economic planning and management wizardry that brought him victory, and ensure that he fulfils his promise of making Edo State, a more productive and prosperous state where the people can easily access the basic and good things of life.

The former Vice President commends the people of the state for their clear thinking and wise choice and for the peaceful way they conducted themselves during the election.

Atiku also praises the effort of INEC and the various security agencies and individuals who gave their best endeavours to make the Edo Governorship election a success, adding that following the free, credible and conclusive nature of the election, it is apparent that the electoral umpire was well prepared for a hitch-free poll.

Also, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has congratulated the Governor-elect of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on his victory in yesterday’s gubernatorial election.


Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, described Obaseki’s success as well deserved and expected by those who have keenly followed the electioneering campaigns in the state in the last few months.

“Godwin Obaseki has proved to be a good private sector man who is also a grassroots politician. He is a good flag bearer of our great party, the APC, and a mobilizer who really showed that he will be a worthy successor to the incumbent Governor Adams Oshiomhole.

“I also congratulate Governor Oshiomhole who has in the last seven and a half years diligently served the people of Edo State and has led a vigorous campaign to sustain the APC legacy in Edo State. The Governor has shown courage, devotion and dedication in selling Obaseki to the people”, he said.

Saraki however lauded the people of Edo State for the massive turn-out, the peaceful manner in which the election went and for voting for the. APC candidate. He also praised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the good arrangement it put in place to ensure a free, fair and peaceful election while also applauding the performance of all the security agencies.

The Senate President advised Obaseki to sustain the developmental strides made by the outgoing Governor while also reaching to all the groups and interests in the state so that his victory can further unite the people.

In the same vein, Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has congratulated the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Edo State governorship election, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, for his victory, saying the Edo people opted for tangible development above empty promises.

Obaseki was declared winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), having polled 319,483 votes to defeat the candidate of the PDP, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who polled 253,173 votes.

Dr Fayemi, in a congratulatory message signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, said the people of Edo State have demonstrated, through their votes, their preference for progressive leadership, good governance and all round development that characterised the eight years of the APC-led government in the state.

Fayemi said he was convinced that Obaseki will build on the good foundation already laid by Governor Adams Oshiomhole, whose visionary leadership has impacted positively on the people of the state.

The Minister said the people of Edo State have voted for continuity of people-oriented government, progressive governance and all round development. “Edo people have also demonstrated that they are capable of rewarding an impactful administration and party with electoral support.”

“Edo State people have made the right choice and deserve to be congratulated. They have made the right choice and demonstrated their confidence in Mr Obaseki’s ability to take the state to the next level of development and prosperity.”

“There is no doubt that the state would witness greater level of development, judging by Mr Obaseki’s pedigree as a strategic planner and seasoned administrator.” He added.

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