“The way the people have voted has made my job easier,’’ Oshiomhole told a news conference in Benin on Sunday.
“I will build on the existing bridges of unity and sustain our developmental agenda.’’
The governor commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his neutrality in the election, describing him as “a statesman and a man of honour’’.
Oshiomhole said that he was particularly grateful to Jonathan for his adherence to the principle of “one man, one vote’’, which partly engendered the conduct of a free and fair election in the state.
He, however, urged the INEC Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega, to investigate the reasons behind the late arrival of election materials in the Benin metropolis, with a view to forestalling its recurrence in future elections.
The governor, who gave the advice while speaking with journalists in Benin, said: “I ask Jega to conduct an investigation into why for four hours; election materials were not delivered in Benin City.
“That investigation would help determine why some people were disenfranchised.”
Oshiomhole, nonetheless, commended the INEC Chairman and the State Resident Electoral Commissioner for conducting a free and fair election in the state.
“I believe that the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Kassim Geidam, has particularly demonstrated an uncommon quality of leadership.”
In a related development, Mr Louis Odion, the Commissioner for Information, said that the citizens of the state should expect increased development during the current tenure of Oshiomhole.
“Gov Oshiomhole is not a sectional leader and Edo people should expect more good things from him,’’ he said.
Odion stressed that Oshiomhole would use his second tenure to consolidate the feats he had achieved in providing the dividends of democracy for the people.
“If the governor was able to rehabilitate more than 500 primary and secondary schools in just three and half years, then imagine what he will do in the next four years,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, congratulatory messages have continued to pour in from different quarters for Oshiomhole on his victory on Saturday.
For instance, Mr Lanre Banjo, the Director of International Mobilisation and Coordination in National Conscience Party (NCP), has commended Oshimhole and the people of Edo for the successful conduct of Saturday’s election.
Banjo, a former NCP governorship candidate in Ogun, gave the commendation on Sunday in an interview in Abuja.
He, nonetheless, called on Oshiomhole and his team to intensify their efforts to transform the state.
“With this victory, the governor and his team have been further challenged to do more for the people of Edo and establish an enviable lasting legacy.
“Gov. Oshiomhole should consciously embark on programmes that will reduce poverty in the state, while removing the people of the claws of moneybags who are fond of giving pittance to voters to garner their support.
“If the citizens are able to reject money or any form inducement for their votes, they will consequently be spiritually and psychologically free to hold elected officials accountable for any form of misrule,” he said.
Oshiomhole had also received similar congratulatory messages from President Goodluck Jonathan and other state governors. (NAN)