|Nickname(s): Heart Beat of Nigeria|
|Date created||27 August 1991|
| • Governor
|Adams Oshiomhole (ACN)|
|• Total||17,802 km2 (6,873 sq mi)|
|Area rank||22nd of 36|
|Population (1991 census)|
|• Estimate (2005)||3,497,502|
|• Rank||27th of 36|
|• Density||120/km2 (310/sq mi)|
|• Total||$11.89 billion|
|• Per capita||$3,623|
|Time zone||WAT (UTC+01)|
|ISO 3166 code||NG-ED|
The 1992 gubernatorial election, pitting John Odigie Oyegun (the SDP candidate) against Lucky Igbinedion (the NRC candidate) was annulled on 4 February of that year by the electoral tribunal. Among Igbinedion's claims were that the Oba of Benin and one of his chiefs, Nosakhare Isekhure, unfairly supported Oyegun. Oyegun's victory was upheld on 18 March 1992.
On 20 March 2008, an election tribunal nullified the election of Oserheimen Osunbor People's Democratic Party,(PDP) and declared erstwhile labour leader Comrade Adams Oshiomhole of the Action Congress as the winner. The decision was based on several voting irregularities.
Oshiomhole was voted for a second term in 2012.
Local Government Areas
Edo State consists of the following Local Government Areas:
- Akoko Edo
- Ovia North-West
- Ovia South-West
- Esan North-East
- Esan South-East
- Esan Central
- Etsako Central
- Etsako East
- Etsako West
Oredo Esan west Egor Igueben Ikpoba Okha Owan East Owan West Uhunmwonde
The major first languages spoken in the state are Ebira, Edo, Esan and Okpamheri. Edo State is home to several ethnicities, among them the Bini, Esan, Afemai, Ora[disambiguation needed], Akoko-Edo, Igbanke, Emai and Ijaw
The University of Benin, Benin City, the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, the Igbinedion University, Okada, and the Benson Idahosa University, Benin City, the Federal Polytechnic Auchi, Auchi are among the institutions of higher learning located in Edo State. College of Education (Benin), Ekiadolor.
Tourist attractions in Edo State include the Emotan statue in Benin City, Ise Lake and River Niger beach in Agenebode, Etsako-East; Ambrose Alli Square, Ekpoma, River Niger beaches at Ilushi, BFFM building at Ewu, College of Agriculture and Aqua Culture Technology, Agenebode, Okpekpe with its hills and scenes and the Somorika hills in Akoko Edo, where a government-run tourist center at Ososo is set among spectacular scenery. The state produces crude oil. The state is also noted for the following agricultural products: rubber, cocoa, cashew nuts and is blessed with precious stones like Quartz, Amethyst, Mica, Dolomite, Granite Stone and Lime Stone used in the production of Cement at Okpella. Among the Tourist centers is the Imiegba Uchikpo River in three Ibie Clan and hills.[clarification needed]
- Professor Ambrose Alli, Former governor of the defunct Bendel State. He created the Bendel State University now named after him.
- Chief D.N. Oronsaye, prominent politician instrumental in creation of Midwest region and junior Minister of Finance
- Jacob U. Egharevba, a Bini historian and traditional chief
- Samuel Ogbemudia, former governor of the Midwest region of Nigeria and later Bendel state
- Chief Anthony Enahoro, prominent anti-colonial and pro-democracy activist and politician
- Dr. G.Sam Edo, Ph.D - Cyber Security Expert and an adjunct professor at Northeastern University, Boston, Ma
- Emmanuel Emovon, first Nigerian Ph.D. in chemistry and former Minister of Science and Technology of Nigeria
- Festus Iyayi, novelist and first African to win the Commonwealth Writers Prize
- Odia Ofeimun, poet and former president of the Association of Nigerian Authors
- Tiamiyu Bello-Osagie, medical practitioner and long-running gynaecologist to several first families of Nigeria
- Abel Guobadia, educator and former Nigerian ambassador to the Republic of Korea
- Victor Uwaifo, musician
- Sonny Okosun, musician
- Felix Idubor, artist
- Festus Idehen, sculptor
- Erhabor Emokpae, painter, sculptor, and graphic designer
- Solomon Irein-Wangboje, painter
- Ben Osawe, sculptor
- Dominic Osaghae, Medical Doctor, former National Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association
- Festus Ezeli, basketball player with the Golden State Warriors
- Dr. Tunde Obanor, Distinguished Medical Practitioner, Activist
- Modupe Ozolua, Body Enhancement and Reconstructive Surgery
- Cliff Ogiugo, Artist, Cartoonist (Creator of Little Joe character)
- Chief Tony Anenih, Chairman Board of trustee (PDP) Once Minister of Work.
- Dr Tonnie Iredia, former Director-General of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA)
- Rawlings Ogedegbe, Prominent Politician And Good Will Ambassador
- Charles Osasere Omere, Legal Practitioner and Social Commentator
- Vice Admiral Mike Akhigbe, former chief of naval staff and vice president of Nigeria
- Vice Admiral Augustus Aikhomu, former chief of naval and vice president of Nigeria
- Mike Ozekhome, Legal practitioner, politician and human rights activist
- Gabriel Igbenedion, foremost and international business mogul and bini high chief
- Raymond Dokpesi, owner of Africa largest private television network and politician
- Grace Egbagbe, former director of Nigerian Television Authority
- Prof. Omo Omoruyi, Distinguished Political Scientist and former Director General, Center for Democratic Studies
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