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INEC issues Oshiomhole Certificate of Return

18 July 2012, 09:13

Edo - The INEC on Tuesday presented certificates of return to Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo and his deputy, Mr Pius Odubu as winners of Saturday's governorship election.

The INEC National Commissioner, retired Col. Mohammed Hammanga, presented the certificate to the winners at the commission's office in Benin.

Hammanga said that the commission was committed to ensuring transparent election in any part of the country.

The commissioner pointed out that INEC's aim was to conduct election in Nigeria that would be perfect and acceptable.

In his remarks, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Alhaji  Kassim Gaidam said the presentation was in compliance with section 75(1) of the Electoral Act 2010.

The act stipulates that winners of election be presented with Certificate of Return within seven days of the election.

Gaidam said that Saturday's election had the largest turnout of voters in the state since 2007.

He said the 647,698 votes recorded, represented 39.1 per cent of the total registered voters in the state.

Gaidam congratulated Oshiomhole on his victory, saying that Nigeria needed leaders that would deliver on their electoral promises.

Responding, Oshiomhole said the certificate was 'a marching order' for him to return to work in the service of the people.

He explained that the issues he raised during the conduct of the election were done in good faith and to enhance the work of the electoral body.

"The election was outstanding. It reassures Nigerians and the international community that we are capable of conducting transparent and credible elections,’’ he said.



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