By Binebai Princewill
Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Edo State Governor on Dispute Resolution, Chief Godwin Ukori, has congratulated his boss, His Excellency, Hon. Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu, on their re-election. The Liberator Newspaper can report.
Obaseki, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was announced winner of Saturday governorship election in the state by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after polling 307,955 votes to defeat his main challenger, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu of All Progressives Congress (APC), who got 223,619 votes.
In a statement by Chief (Hon) Godwin Ukori, former Niger Delta warlord on Friday, described the re-election of Obaseki as “the confirmation of the will of the people” and called on Nigerians to always stand for good leaders as Edo people just did for Obaseki.
He stated that the people of Edo across the 18 local government areas of the state spoke loudly and clearly in their reaffirmation of the choice of Obaseki as their Governor.
The SSA to the Edo State Governor on Dispute Resolution, said that with the re-election of Obaseki, the entire region was now being ruled by the PDP.
“Let me congratulate my boss, Governor Godwin Obaseki and his Deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu, on their victory in the Sept. 19 Governorship election in Edo.
“It is heart-warming to see you re-emerge as Governor of Edo against all odds and I am grateful to the people of Edo for shunning the entreaties of retrogressive forces who were deviously-bent on subverting the wishes of the people.
“Let me also thank the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for being truly independent as required by the laws of our land.
“The most significant aspect of this victory is the peaceful outcome of the election as Edo people proved pundits wrong by ensuring that the elections were devoid of violence,” he said.
Felicitating with the PDP on the victory, Hon. Ukori said “let me also congratulate our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council and Governor of Rivers, Mr Nyesom Wike and other members of the campaign Council for their efforts which led to the victory of the party in Edo.
“The brotherhood displayed by the Governors of the PDP and other party members towards the re-election of Obaseki is what the country needs to take the nation to greater heights in 2023.
“Going forward as a nation, we can only develop further if the people are allowed to choose their leaders at all levels without any hindrance”.
It would be recalled that Chief (Hon) Godwin Ukori is a renowned leader in Egbema Kingdom, Edo State.