Godwin Obaseki, Edo State Governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the ongoing governorship election, has won his main rival Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the polling unit of John Odigie-Oyegun, erstwhile national chairman of the ruling party.
At polling unit 02, ward 002, Oredo local government area, where Oyegun had cast his ballot on Saturday, Obaseki polled 109 votes to defeat Ize-Iyamu who scored 40, according to record released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
MERIDIAN SPY had reported days ago the ex-APC national chairman who was known to be backing Obaseki prior to his exit from the ruling party, had refused to endorse Ize-Iyamu despite not defecting to the PDP.
In what seem like taking a neutral position in the polls, Oyegun had said in a statement, “They should by their votes make clear that it is their right to choose their governor and nobody else’s. There is no room for fence sitters. This is a special situation and primitive loyalties should and must be set aside. Remember Mr President’s admonition in an equally challenging pre-election situation in Imo State, “vote your conscience.”