The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Tuesday, has presented a certificate of return to Governor Godwin Obaseki, winner of the just concluded Edo State governorship election.
INEC presented the certificate to Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, on Tuesday.
Obaseki polled 307,955 votes across the 18 local government areas of the state to defeat All Progressives Congress candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who scored 223,619 votes.
The APC conceded defeat at the poll and congratulated Obaseki following a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, describing the outcome of the election as a victory for democracy.
The chairman of the APC national caretaker committee, Mai Mala Buni said in a statement that the peaceful conduct of the election and its outcome represents a victory for Nigeria's democracy.
He said the party and the president remain committed to free and fair elections to strengthen the foundation of the country's political and moral authority.
He commended INEC, security agencies, and all political parties that contested the election for the successful conduct of the election.
He also commended the party's flagbearer Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu for his tenacity and leadership while appreciating the efforts of the immediate past national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, and other members for demonstrating unwavering support for the party and its candidate in the election.
Governor Buni added that it is time to unite to move the country's democracy forward and put an end to the era when the electoral contest becomes warfare.