Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has defeated Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, to win a second term as governor of Edo State.

Governor Obaseki was returned elected after polling the highest number of votes in the keenly-contested poll conducted on Saturday.

INEC Returning Officer for the poll declared the governor as the winner on Sunday at the office of the electoral umpire in Benin City, which doubled as the final collation centre.

The governor secured 307,955 of the total votes, 84,336 more votes than his closest rival Ize-Iyamu, who got 223, 619 votes.

A total of 14 political parties fielded candidates to jostle for the office of the governor in the state.

It is the first governorship poll to be conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) since the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

While it held in some places in line with the COVID-19 protocols of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the compliance level was very low in other polling areas.

The announcement by the returning officer follows the collation of the results from all the 18 Local Government Areas of Edo where the election was conducted.

Governor Obaseki’s victory comes on the back of a tensed and heated electioneering process that saw him dump the APC after being disqualified from the primaries, join the PDP and overcome stiff opposition and criticism by members of his former party, including former ally and his predecessor Adams Oshiomhole.

It was a dramatic process that saw Obaseki run a governorship race against Ize-Iyamu for a second time in four years.

Both men faced each other in 2016, albeit with Obasek flying the flag of the APC and Ize-Iyamu flying that of the PDP.

A political rift between the governor and Oshiomhole which spiraled beyond the state to national politics, saw both men switch parties and square up against each other on platforms they once criticised.

The campaign, characterised by drama and controversy that did not spare the State House of Assembly, was tempered by the intervention of the Oba of Benin to calm fears that the poll could turn violence heightened.

A peace accord was also signed by all the candidates days before the poll as stakeholders made concerted efforts to ensure a successful poll.

Preliminary reports from some electoral observers have held that it was mostly peaceful and largely free and fair.

Results from all local governments:

1 Igueben LG

APC 5199, PDP 7870

2. Oredo LG

APC 18,365, PDP 43,498

3. Esan North East LG

APC 6,556, PDP 13,579

4. Esan West LG

APC 7,189, PDP 17,434

5. Etsako West LG

APC 26,140, PDP 17,959

6. Esan Central LG

APC 6,719, PDP 10,694

7. Ikpoba Okha LG

APC 18,218, PDP 41,030

8. Egor LG

APC 10,202, PDP 27,621

9. Uhunmwonde LG

APC 5,972, PDP 10,022

10. Owan East LG

APC 19,295, PDP 14,762

11. Owan West LG

APC 11,193, PDP 11,485

12. Ovia North East LG

APC 9,907, PDP 16,987

13. Esan South East LG

APC 9,237, PDP 10,563

14 Akoko Edo LG

APC 22,963, PDP 20,101

15. Etsako East LG

APC 17,011, PDP 10,668

16. Etsako Central LG

APC 8,358, PDP 7,478

17. Orhionmwho LG

APC 10,458, PDP 13,445

18. Ovia South West LG

APC 10,636, PDP 12,659