Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is coasting to victory in the highly contested Edo governorship election held on Saturday, leading Osagie Ize-Iyamu, his All Progressives Congress (APC) challenger with 50,000 votes in the results of 12 local government areas so far announced by the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC.
Obaseki has distanced himself from the APC candidate, maintaining a clear lead after winning eight of the 12 Local Governments so far declared.
In Esan South-East, Obaseki got 10,565 votes while Ize-Iyamu garnered 9,237 votes. In Esan North-East, the governor polled 13,579 votes while Mr Ize-Iyamu got 6,559 votes.
The PDP candidate scored 10,022 in Uhunmwode South-South, while the APC polled 5,972 votes.
In Esan West, Obaseki scored 17,433 votes while Ize-Iyamu got 7,189 votes. In Egor Local Government, the governor garnered 27,621 votes while the APC candidate got 10,202.
Obaseki polled 41,030 votes in Ikpoba Okha while Ize-Iyamu got 18,218 votes.
In Owan East, the APC scored 19,295 while the PDP got 14,762. Ize-Iyamu also scored 26,140 votes in Etsako West while Obaseki polled 17,959 votes.
In Akoko Edo, the governor garnered 20,101 votes while Ize-Iyamu scored 22,963 votes. In Etsako East, the APC polled 17,011 votes while the PDP scored 10,668.
For the 12 Local Governments, the PDP has secured 202,574 votes while the APC has 154,704.
Results were still being collated across the state as of the time of filing this report.