Collective will of Edo People Made Us Triumph Over Godfatherism.
The great people of Edo State have spoken and they have spoken loud and clear. We thank God almighty and give Him all the glory for this victory. Thank you, President Muhammadu Buhari for defending our democracy and allowing the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the security services to perform their constitutional functions without interference. INEC and the security services have shown Nigerians and the world indeed that they are capable of conducting free and credible elections.
Words fail me in saluting our teeming supporters who displayed courage in the face of threats, intimidation and brutalisation. The collective will of Edo people made it possible for us to triumph over godfatherism. We thank you all. I am eternal grateful to my party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and my brother governors not only for giving us the umbrella during our political storm, but for the hard work which has brought me back to office.
Our success has reinforced my belief that there is nothing that we cannot achieve as a people if we pull forces together and collectively call on God for support. In conclusion, I reiterate to all of you today that working with my deputy the Rt. Honourable Philip Shaibu, we are committed to make Edo great again. Thank you all for your support. God bless Edo State, God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.