- Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has opened up after emerging as the gubernatorial candidate of the All APC
- The APC candidate described the party's successful primary election held in Edo state as a signal to the end of its crisis
- Ize-Iyamu on Monday, June 22, defeated two other aspirants to emerge as the party's flag bearer for the Edo governorship election
Following his emergence as the All Progressives Congress (APC) Edo state governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has described the successful primary election as a signal to the end of the party's internal crisis.
According to The Nation, the APC candidate on Monday, June 22, explained that he wasn't only happy about winning but that the primary election was not marred by violence.
Recall that Ize-Iyamu polled a total of 27,838 votes to beat Pius Odubu and Osaro Obazee who got 3,776 and 2,751 votes respectively to become the ruling party's governorship candidate.
He went on to thank God, the election committee, President Muhammadu Buhari, and other party stakeholders for making the exercise free of violence.
Ize-Iyamu is of the opinion that by completing this process the ruling party is on the path of full recovery.
“Sometimes ago, somebody asked me ‘when the problems of APC will end? I told him that every problem has an expiry date.
In my humble opinion, I said the day we complete our primary election, that day, the problems would end. So, I believe that by this process, which we have just completed, the party is now on the path of full recovery," he said.
While attributing his victory to a coincidence of his birthday, Ize-Iyamu expressed confidence that he will emerge as the winner of the Edo state governorship election in September.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Ize-Iyamu asked the governor of the state, Godwin Obaseki, to return to his former party.
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 belongs” to.
He said: “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."
In a related development, Pastor Ize-Iyamu maintained that the exit of Governor Obaseki from the APC handed him a victory boost.
The APC candidate 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.
He claimed that there are a lot of party leaders and members across the 192 wards who have endorsed his candidacy.
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