- The APC factional chairman in Edo state said the crisis in the party will be over after its governorship nominations
- David Imuse ruled out the possibility of having parallel primaries between the two factions as many have feared
- Meanwhile, one of the APC governorship hopefuls, Ize-Iyamu, said he is ready to accept whatever decision the party makes regarding the 2020 guber ticket
The crisis rocking the Edo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will end after the party's nominations ahead of the state's 2020 governorship election, a factional chairman of the party, David Imuse has assured.
Imuse told The Guardian that the crisis would not lead to parallel primaries between the two factions as many have feared.
The factional APC chair gave assurance that the exercise would be successful but still maintained that his rival from the other faction remained suspended from the party.
Meanwhile, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who is reportedly interested in the APC guber ticket has expressed his readiness to abide by the decision of the party concerning who will be nominated as its candidate.
Ize-Iyamu said the position of the party is final, adding that he is ready to accept if the party chooses someone else while he also hopes that other aspirants will accept if the party chooses him.
“For many of us, we are ready to concede to the party’s position. Whoever the party wants is final. And if by the grace of God, it happens the party also chooses us, we also expect the same level of grace from them and that means to concede," he said.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that speculations were rife that Pastor Ize-Iyamu who recently defected to the APC has an interest in contesting the ruling party's governorship ticket in 2020.
Recently the rally which was organised to welcome Ize-Iyamu to the APC was stopped by Governor Godwin Obaseki who ordered a ban on all such political activities in the state.
It was speculated that the Edo governor made the moves to forestall the possibility of Ize-Iyamu contesting the governorship ticket with him after joining the ruling party.
Ize-Iyamu's recent statement that the crisis rocking the party will end with the nomination of a governorship candidate for this year’s election in the state also lends credence to the speculations of his interest in the governorship seat.
In his reaction, presidential aide, Tolu Ogunlesi, described the speculations of Ize-Iyamu's interest as an indication of "the principle of impermanence" in politics.
"The PDP candidate Godwin Obaseki defeated in the 2016 Edo Governorship elections is now going to be challenging him for the APC Governorship ticket in 2020. That’s politics for you. If you can’t acknowledge this principle of impermanence you have no business in politics. Selah," Ogunlesi tweeted.
The presidential aide added that the alleged unfolding intrigue, if true, is proof of the fact that political alliances are not rigid.
"The real point there is that political alliances are always shifting. Always. As true in the US and UK and everywhere else as in Nigeria," he further explained.
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