The Lagos State governor said that the development was not just a victory for democracy, but the people.
In a congratulatory message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Habib Aruna, the governor said that the people of Edo had made the right choice.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Obaseki, who was declared winner of the Sept. 28 Edo election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), defeated Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with 319,483 votes to 253,173 votes.
The Lagos State governor said that the development was not just a victory for democracy, but the people, who he said would experience continuity in terms of dividends of democracy.
Ambode, who chaired the APC National Campaign Committee for the election, said the people of Edo voted for continuity of people-friendly policies and programmes.
He urged relevant stakeholders to accept the verdict and work with Obaseki to move the state forward. He said, “like I said during the grand rally of our great party – APC, at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin some few weeks back, Edo, being the heartbeat of the South-South region, has all it takes to become another Lagos.
“The decision of the people to speak with their votes in support of Obaseki is a signpost of their readiness for greatness.
“It is a testament to the monumental successes recorded in the last seven and half years by the incumbent governor, Mr Adams Oshiomhole.
“We are enjoying dividends of democracy in Lagos today because of the decision of the people to vote for continuity of good governance.
“I am glad that the people of Edo have also towed that path and the result will definitely translate to improved social services and welfare of the people.”
Ambode said that judging by the antecedents of Obaseki, he was certain that Edo was set for transformation and consolidation of the achievements of the outgoing administration.
According to him, Oshiomhole has laid the right foundation for progressive governance.
He added that “With the decision to vote Obaseki who is equally people-friendly, reliable, trustworthy, and has the fear of God, the people have made the right choice and I can only urge them to continue to support him to deliver on the campaign promises.”
He also congratulated the people of Edo for the orderliness and for being peaceful throughout the period of the election and urged those who were aggrieved to channel their grievances to the appropriate quarters.