- An APC governorship aspirant, Ize-Iyamu, has reacted to Governor Obaseki's defection to the PDP
- Ize-Iyamu said Obaseki's exit is a welcome development in the APC, adding that the Edo governor had wanted to impose himself before his disqualification from the party's primaries
- The APC governorship aspirant also said he is confident of defeating Obaseki if he emerges the APC candidate
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The final defection of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has elicited a reaction from one of the top governorship aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Obaseki on Friday, June 19, joined the PDP days after his exit from the APC where he was disqualified from participating in the governorship primary.
The Edo state governor has been granted a waiver by the PDP to seek its ticket for the election.
Reacting to the development, Ize-Iyamu said in an interview with The Sun that Obaseki had attempted to impose himself as the APC governorship candidate before his disqualification.
Legit.ng gathers that Ize-Iyamu also expressed confidence that he will defeat the Edo state governor in the Septemeber poll.
Though both Ize-Iyamu and Obaseki have not emerged the candidates of their respective parties, there are strong indications that the duo will be facing each other in the forthcoming poll.
Ize-Iyamu said the exit of Obaseki was a welcome development in the APC, adding that the party is now on the mission to reunite members ahead of the poll.
He expressed confidence that he will defeat Obaseki in the poll should he emerge the governorship candidate of the APC at the forthcoming primary.
The APC governorship aspirant also claimed that the people of Edo state are not happy with Obaseki and are prepared to truncate his second term ambition.
“Whether in the APC or any other platform, as long as the contest will be determined by Edo people, I am confident of victory against him. If you drive around the state today and feel the pulse of the people, you will understand why I am that confident,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ize-Iyamu will know his fate on Thursday, June 25 as to whether the May 21 waiver granted him by the APC's National Working Committee (NWC) to contest is valid.
Justice Emmanuel Ahamioje of the Edo state high court fixed the date on Friday, June 19 after the submissions of the counsel to the parties.
The suit was filed by Kenneth Asekomhe, who was last week expelled for anti-party activities by the APC NWC.
Already, there is disquiet in the camp of the APC governorship aspirant as they prepare for the ruling.
Also, hours after his defection, Governor Obaseki on Friday expressed gratitude to the PDP in Edo state for its warm reception.
Speaking to PDP officials in Edo, Obaseki said that the love, goodwill, energy and support he observes in the party are what he needs to take it to victory in the governorship election.
The Edo governor made this remarks after the PDP granted him and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, a waiver ahead of the election.
Obaseki said that he is poised to take the party's chapter in Edo not only to victory, but also to the next level of progress and growth that will be unmatched in Nigeria.
He boasted: “I am prepared to provide leadership that will lead this party to victory. I am prepared to provide leadership that will not only put PDP into office in Edo State but as a ruling party in Edo state."
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