- There seems to be division in the Adams Oshiomhole camp ahead of the Edo governorship election
- A new report suggests the huge number of court cases against Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is causing ripples in the camp
- Some loyalists of Oshiomhole are worried that the scenarios which played out in Zamfara and Bayelsa may happen in Edo
A report by New Telegraph suggests that there is a division in the camp of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Edo state, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
According to the report, some APC chieftains in the camp of Ize-Iyamu have switched support away from him
Another aspirant, Honourable Osaro Obazee, is said to have benefitted from the move as the chieftains have reportedly switched to his camp.
Ize-Iyamu is the anointed candidate of the APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole ahead of the governorship election.
Oshiomhole, a former governor of Edo state, has been having a running battle with his successor, Godwin Obaseki.
The plethora of court cases against Ize-Iyamu is said to have informed the decision to dump him by some key chieftains in the Oshiomhole camp.
A source quoted in the report said: “We saw what happened in Bayelsa, we don’t want that to happen here. If the chairman continues to support Ize-Iyamu, he may regret it because the court cases against him are too many.”
Another source quoted in the report said the ambition of Ize-Iyamu suffered a setback after the visit of some governors to the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
In that meeting, one of the governors presented Ize-Iyamu’s case files to Tinubu while noting that the party cannot risk given its ticket to him.
Tinubu and other leaders present at the meeting were said to have asked for some time to study the files and consulted some lawyers, after which they decided it was not a risk worth taking.
Ize-Iyamu’s media director, John Mayaki, however, denied that his principal is out of the race.
“The baseless court case being bandied around by Governor Godwin Obaseki and his agents are targeted at him because they are also aware of the fact that across the 18 local government areas of Edo state, party members in large numbers have adopted Ize-Iyamu,” he said.
Meanwhile, the APC has announced that six governorship aspirants will be screened for the party's Monday, June 22 primary election to elect its Edo state governorship candidate.
The six aspirants who have bought, completed and submitted the party's expression of interest and nomination forms include, Ize-Iyamu, Obaseki, Obazee, former deputy governor; Dr Pius Odubu, former minister; Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi and Honourable Matthew Aigbuhuenze Iduoriyekemwen.
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