- APC has picked Osagie Ize-Iyamu as a candidate for Edo governorship election
- The emergence of Ize-Iyamu may have foreclosed Governor Obaseki's re-election bid
- Ize-Iyamu emerged the candidate of the party on the night of Tuesday, May 26, in Abuja through a consensus arrangement
The re-election bid of Governor Godwin Obaseki may have hit a brick wall as another governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, emerged the party's consensus candidate for the next gubernatorial election in the state.
The Nation reports that Ize-Iyamu, a former secretary to Edo state government, emerged the candidate of the party on the night of Tuesday, May 26, in Abuja through a consensus arrangement.
Legit.ng gathered that Ize-Iyamu, a pastor of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), was presented by chairman of the screening committee, Senator Francis Alimikhena, the representative of Edo North senatorial district.
The report said that other members of the screening committee were a former Edo deputy governor, Lucky Imasuen; General Cecil Esekhaigbe; ex-speaker of Edo House of Assembly, Thomas Okosun; former minority whip of the House of Representatives, Samson Osagie; ex-member of the House of Representatives, Patrick Obahiagbon, and the current deputy leader of the House of Representatives, Peter Akpatason.
The chairman of the screening committee while formally presenting Ize-Iyamu as the consensus candidate to slug it out with Governor Godwin Obaseki on June 22 with the direct mode of governorship primary election, wished him success.
He expressed optimism that Ize-Iyamu would be the standard-bearer of the party for the September 19 poll and inaugurated governor on November 12.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Godwin Obaseki declared that he was not desperate about his reelection for the second term in office.
It was reported that the governor said the next gubernatorial election in the state was not a priority for him now.
Obaseki noted that he was more concerned about keeping the people of the state alive especially now that COVID-19 cases are rising.
Governor Obaseki added that he was not desperate to get the party's ticket at all cost, adding that he worked for eight years behind the scene to develop Edo state before he became the governor.
He said he was brought to power by God, stressing that nobody can stop his reelection if it is the will of God.
He had said: "I don't want to get the party's ticket at all cost. I worked for eight years behind the scene to develop Edo state before I became the governor. I'm not a violent person and I'm confident of getting back.
"Someone brought me into power. I know who gave me power. God is the one that gave me power. As far as God is alive, and wants me to return, no man can stop me. The way I came into power, that same way, I will return. Power belongs to God."
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