Godwin Obaseki on Sunday emerged as the All Progressives Congress (APC)‘s governorship candidate for the September 10 election in Edo.
Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State, leader of the party’s national delegation that conducted the primary election, announced the results in Benin.
Masari said Obaseki scored 1,618 votes to defeat his 11 other opponents.
He described the election as credible, fair and free, and urged the losers and their supporters to close ranks ahead of the crucial governorship election in the state.
Other aspirants are Deputy Governor Pius Odubu, who polled 471 votes; former minister of state for works, Chris Ogiemwonyi, 137 votes; Ken Imasuagbon, 247 votes; a former governor of the state, Osariemen Osunbor, 8 votes and Professor Ebegue Amadasu, who also polled 8 votes.
Similarly, General Charles Airhiabvere (retd) garnered 11 votes, Emmanuel Arigbe-Osula, 10 votes; Austin Emuan, 7 votes; Blessing Agbomhere, 5 votes, and the only female aspirant, Tina Agbarha, got 3 votes.
Masari said 41 votes were invalid.
In his acceptance remarks, Obaseki said the victory was a collective one which required cooperation of all to succeed.
He noted that with the conclusion of the primaries, a new phase that will define the future has commenced.
He described other aspirants as accomplished people and urged them to continue to work for the party to ensure its success in the governorship election.
He promised to build on the success recorded by the present administration.