- Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has reacted to his victory at APC governorship primary
- Ize-Iyamu on Monday, June 22, defeated two other aspirants to emerge the party's standard-bearer for the September 19, governorship election in Edo state
- The APC candidate, however, called on Governor Godwin Obaseki to return to APC after his defection to PDP
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Shortly after he was announced the winner of the governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has reacted to his victory at the party's shadow election.
TheCable reports that Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who is now the governorship candidate of the APC in the state, however, has asked the governor of the state, Godwin Obaseki, to return to his former party.
Legit.ng gathered that Obaseki had defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after he was disqualified from seeking the APC ticket for the September 19, election in the state.
Ize-Iyamu, who was a candidate of the PDP in the 2016 governorship election, defected to the APC in the heat of the misunderstanding between Obaseki and the suspended national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole.
After being declared the winner of the APC governorship primary on Monday, June 22, Ize-Iyamu said he is willing to work with Obaseki if he would return to the party he “originally belong” to.
He said: “By this process, we just completed, the party is now on its step to full recovery. I also salute Governor Obaseki, and I will appeal to him to return to the party.
“In every party we have disagreement but I don’t want it that it is this disagreement that would push him out. I once made that mistake. It might be nice for him to come back, and certainly, I’m going to work with him.
“We’ve shown the example today in APC as we are determined to be law-abiding. The few months we have for the campaign, let’s do it in a law-abiding manner. I’m pledging on behalf of my party that we will be peaceful and respectful.
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“I’m naturally happy and humbled by the overwhelming support from the 18 local government areas. I’m so related that there was no incident of violence as this has been my prayer point. The election went on with strict adherence to the state’s government COVID-19 regulations.”
Ize-Iyamu said if he wins the September governorship election, he would be working with everyone to move the state forward.
He also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, Oshiomhole and the security agencies for their support in the primary election.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that following his suspension as the national deputy secretary of the ruling APC, the embattled self-acclaimed acting national chairman of the party, Victor Giadom has fired back at his critics.
It was reported that Giadom said on Monday, June 22, during a press conference that the only way out of the on-going leadership crisis in the party is a convocation of the National Executive Council (NEC).
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