The Governor, who stated this in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Kingsley Fanwo, hailed the conduct of INEC, the Edo people and security agencies, who ensured a hitch-free exercise.
“I salute the gallantry of the Edo people who conducted themselves peacefully throughout the election. They spoke with a united voice in support of the change agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission also used the Edo poll to prove to the outside world its efficiency, ingenuity and neutrality. The security agencies, poll observers and all stakeholders who made it possible to conduct a free, fair and credible poll in Edo State.
“My message to the Edo people is to believe in Obaseki. My message to Obaseki, the Governor-Elect, is to build on the solid legacies of the Comrade Governor, Adams Oshiomhole. You have spoken today. In the next four years, Edo State will be better.
“Obaseki is an excellent technocrat, an administrator per excellence, a pragmatic leader. It is time to bring all these qualities to bear on the development of Edo State. As neighbors, Kogi and Edo states will continue to collaborate for development."
Governor Bello eulogized the outgoing Governor of the State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, for “changing the face of politics in Edo State to that of development and of transformation”, saying his years in Edo State “heralded true change and progress."