- Osagie Ize-Iyamu has expressed trust in cruising to victory in the coming Edo election
- Reacting to Godwin Obaseki's defection to PDP, the frontline aspirant said the governor's APC exit will boost his electoral chance
- Ize-Iyamu also berated Obaseki for abusing political power, adding that he was disqualified due to the inconsistencies his credentials
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As aspirants strive to outscore one another ahead of the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Edo state, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has maintained that the exit of Governor Godwin Obaseki from the All Progressive Congress (APC) has handed him a victory boost.
Ize-Iyamu expressed his confidence ahead of the Edo state election scheduled for September amid specks of dust raised by the internal unrest deluging the ruling party in the south-south state.
APC has already scheduled Monday, June 22, for its primary, leaving Ize-Iyamu with little hurdle following the defection of the state governor to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Prior to Obaseki's inglorious exit, the governor was at loggerhead with his former boss and mentor, Adams Oshiomhole, in a feud that saw him controversially disqualified from the APC ticket race over "defective" credentials.
With less than four months to the Edo election, Ize-Iyamu, who is a frontline aspirant, claimed that there are a lot of party leaders and members across the 192 wards who have endorsed his candidacy.
The APC aspirant made this known in an interview with The Nation on Saturday, June 20, saying that Obaseki's disqualification was not a ploy to clear ways for him.
Ize-Iyamu further said the governor was axed out due to the inconsistencies his certificates which may further cost the ruling party as it happened in Bayelsa where the opposition was declared the winner by the Supreme Court pronouncement.
"He was disqualified because the Screening Committee of the APC, led by Professor Jonathan Ayuba, could not reconcile the inconsistencies in his academic credentials. Even he did not appear able to. We were all witnesses to how a similar situation cost the party dearly in Bayelsa State, and as they say, once bitten, twice shy.
“His voluntary exit has given room for talks and fence-mending in a conducive atmosphere. Therefore, I do not think it is going to have any negative impact at all.
"On the contrary, it has helped the party to sharpen its focus, but its house together, and rally loyal and committed members ahead of the election," he said.
Ize-Iyamu also berated Obaseki for abusing powers as a sitting governor, adding that the governor was running from a fair contest.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has called on the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) to quarantine Governor Godwin Obaseki and his supporters.
Ize-Iyamu was reacting to the massive crowd that accompanied the governor to get his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) membership card at the party secretariat in Benin on Friday, June 19.
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