His protest does not however invalidate the election result or in any other way make it tainted beyond reproach because as with every election, someone will emerge victorious. The spread of the votes and its differential throughout the election areas shows that the collated result is more likely a genuinely contested and fairly won and lost election. There are also circumstances which would have and possibly did help the winner with the election: First the whole apparatus of the state which is APC controlled, backed his candidacy; including an incumbent state governor, a federal government with their police and other security agencies and of course the power of the purse.
Godwin Obaseki won 13 out of the 18 Local Government Areas of the state with a total 319,483 votes against PDP's Ize Iyamu's 253,173 votes. Icheoku says possibly a precursor of what is to come in 2019, admitted that the APC is not so popular in Nigeria to produce the outcome. But hey, Icheoku says congratulations Godwin and let your campaign promises not go the way of every other APC campaign promises of all promises cancelled. Icheoku says remember to make or create the 100 millionaires within the first 100 days of your governorship as promised. Salute.