Godwin Obaseki, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the Edo governorship election, has won the first officially declared result.
It was the result for Ward 9 in Oredo local council, Benin, where collation of results has commenced.
Dr Olusola Ayanda, who declared the result for Ward Nine, said the APC candidate won 1,980 votes, while the PDP candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu got 1,833, indicative of a tight race in the ward.
Despite the high turn out of voters 4093 people voted out of the 13,765 registered.
The number of rejected votes was 283.
The APC also won Ward Seven, scoring a total of 4412 votes. PDP got 4047 votes.
Out of the eight wards declared by midnight for Oredo, PDP won in one, ward 12, by 25 votes, while the APC won the remaining seven. In ward 12, while PDP polled 2,066 votes, APC got 2.041.
Apart from ward nine and seven won by the APC, the party also won wards five and 10,
Final result in Oredo showed the APC candidate winning 37,612 votes, while PDP got 30,492.
Total Votes cast was 73,712 and Valid votes – 67401. Rejected votes totalled 4311.
Dr. Enoch Opeyemi of the Dept of Mathematics, University of Oye-Ekiti presided over the collation of the entire council at the Cultural Centre, Benin.
Only four party agents were present at the centre.
They represented the ACD, ACPN, APC and PDP.
*Updated with the final result for the council at 8am on Thursday