192 wards results postponed
By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
Edo state Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC) has postponed the results for 192 Councilors in last Saturday Local Government election the state indefinitely.
The chairman of the commission, Professor Stanley Orobator, on Sunday declared the 18 Chairmanship Candidates of All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of last Saturday contest.
The Commission (EDSIEC) said ten political parties excluding the main opposition party – Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that boycotted the exercise, fielded Candidates for the election.
The participating political parties are All Progressives Congress (APC), Democratic Alternative Party (DAP), Democratic Peoples Party (DPP), Green Party of Nigeria (PGPN) Labour Party (LP).Others include National Conscience Party (NCP), Progressives Peoples Alliance (PPA), Social Democratic Party (SDP), Action Democratic Party (ADP) and Peoples For Democratic Change (PDC).
Professor Orobator who briefed the media at the Commission’s headquarters on Sunday afternoon in Benin City, said the election was rancor free and that there was no reported cases of violence across the state. He announced Mr. Victor Emuanhagbon (APC) as the elected chairman of Esan South-East Local Government Area, haven scored the highest valid votes of 34, 765, ahead of the ADP which polled 120, NCP 52 and LP 78 votes.
In Esan North East, Augustine Okoibkole (APC) won the elections with 24,127 votes beating ADP which scored 411 and DA and GPN who scored 30 and15 votes
respectively. Mr. Musa Yakubu (APC) merged the chairman elect of Etsako
West Local Government Area with 69,998 votes, while, Mr. Eric Osayande (APC) was also declared winner with a total of 68,296 to emerge the winner in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area ahead of ADP who scored 327, LP 506, NCP 256 and SDP which polled 214 votes.
Professor Orobator also declared Mr. Waziri Idemudia (APC) was elected as chairman of Esan Central Local Government Area with 28,387 ahead of ADP that polled 159 votes. The state former Commissioner for Basic Education, Mr. Patrick Aguinede (APC) won the chairmanship seat in Esan West Local Government Area of the state haven Polled a total of 34,854 valid votes cast in the election.
Similarly, Mr. Ogedengbe Odia was also elected chairman of Igueben Local Government Atea after securing 25, 861 votes at the Polls, while, Mr. Sylvester Okoro (APC) became the chairman of Orihonmwon Local Government for polling 47,442 votes ahead of ADP and LP that scored 329 and 297 votes respectively. Mr. John Akhigbe (APC) was elected as the chairman of Etsako Central Local Government Area with 22,235 votes, while, Mr. Evbareke Osunde also swept Oredo with 53,381 votes. In Etsako East, Mr. Aremiyau Momoh (APC)
won the chairman with 32,906 to become the elected chairman of Esan East Local Government Area ahead of ADP (372) and LP who scored 15 votes.
Other results announced by EDSIEC chairman, on Saturday night after the elections showed that APC’s Oteh Omoru was elected the chairman of Akoko-Edo with 42,471 votes, in Ovia South West, Mr. Destiny Enabulele (APC) triumphed over ADP (360), NCP (9), PPA (5) and PDP (1) with 56,664 votes. Ovia North East elected APC’s Ogbemudia Osaze with 41,303 votes ahead of ADP that scored 256.A former Chairman of Uhunmwode Local Government Area, Mr. Napoleon Agbama (APC) secured the seat with 32,292 votes ahead of ADP that polled 83 votes. In Owan East Local Government Area, Mr. Andrew Osigwe (APC) won with 34,579 votes while Eghe Ogbemudia, also swept Egor Local Government Atea with 15,348 votes, becoming the lowest votes recorded on the ruling party score sheet.
Frank Ilaboya easily trounced all other contenders for the chairmanship of Owan West as he won with 28,406 votes, while ADP got 252 votes ahead of AD who came behind the tear with 100 votes.
The chairman of the Commission, Professor Stanley Robator, said certificate of return will be presented to those already declared winners on Monday.