The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the just-concluded Edo State governorship election, Godwin Obaseki, has maintained his lead in 12 local government areas while his main opponent, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has won in five local government areas.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has so far announced collated results in 17 of the 18 local government areas of the state.
Governor Obaseki so far has won in 12 of the 17 local government areas, polling 281,751votes. Ize-Iyamu has won in five local government areas, scoring 202,525 votes. He is currently leading his main challenger, Ize-Iyamu, with 79,226 votes.
Obaseki won in Egor, Esan Central, Esan North East, Esan South East, Esan West, Ikpoba-Okha, Oredo, Ovia North East, Owan West, Uhunmwonde, Igueben and Orhionmwon LGAs
Ize-Iyamu won in Akoko-Edo, Etsako Central, Etsako East, Etsako West and Owan East LGAs.
Governor Obaseki victory in Orhionwmwon local government is a major boost to the chances of his re-election, as his main opponent Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressive Congress (APC) hails from the Local Government.
Obaseki who polled 13,445 votes to beat Ize-Iyamu who polled 10,458 votes, according to the result announced by INEC Sunday afternoon.
The results of Ovia South West Local Government is currently being awaited for collation. INEC is currently on a 2-hour break.