Edo State governor-elect, Godwin Obaseki, who is still savouring his victory, has made out time to thank President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Adams Oshiomhole, his family for standing with him during the election. He also expressed his gratitude to the people of the state for voting him as their next governor.
Obaseki, who spoke on Thursday after the Independent National Electoral Commission declared him as winner of the election, promised he would make sure that all his campaign promises were fulfilled during his tenure as governor. .
“With great humility, I accept this announcement of my victory as the governor-elect of Edo State,” he said.
Obaseki had polled 319,483 votes in the governorship election to dust Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the Peoples Democratic Party who got 253,173.
“More importantly, by your votes you have clearly affirmed your faith in my ability to lead our state forward into a new era. This is a responsibility Philip Shuaibu, my running mate, and myself do not take lightly.”
He pledged to “build a state which will be anchored on a productive economy that will transform and empower our citizens to the best level.”
“I promise to work tirelessly for the good of all Edo people irrespective of gender, social status, ethnicity, religion or political affiliation,” he said.
Obaseki thanked his wife and family, Buhari and Oshiomhole for their support during the election.
“I reserve special appreciation for my brother and friend, Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole, for his vision and single-minded focus on the progress and development of our state.
“When everyone thought it was impossible, you proved to Edo people that government indeed can work for them. I want you to know that the legacy you have built would last forever,” he said.
He asked his opponents, who he said put up a gallant fight, to work with him to move the state forward.
“The elections are over; it is time to bury the hatched and close ranks for the good of our dear state. Our state is superior to all other interests and we must, as individuals, subordinate our personal ambitions to that of the collective.”