- Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has reacted to the negative things Adams Oshiomhole said about him at the last Edo state governorship election
- According to the APC candidate, the suspended ruling party national chairman was only playing politics
- Recall Oshiomhole had said that the former PDP governorship candidate could not be trusted with public funds
The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the Edo governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has said that party's suspended national chairman Adams Oshiomole never meant the bad things he said about him.
Ize-Iyamu, who was a candidate of the PDP in the last state governorship election, defected to the APC in the middle of a misunderstanding between Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki and Oshiomhole.
Back in 2026, the former union leader denounced Ize-Iyamu during an APC rally while campaigning for Obaseki. He described the APC governorship candidate as someone who cannot be trusted with public funds.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu while reacting to Ohiomhole's remarks said the reason the party leader said the horrible things against him was because he was only trying to “demarket” him, The Cable reports.
Ize-Iyamu further said that Oshiomhole was just playing politics as the things the former governor said about him were never from his heart and stopped right after the election.
The APC flagbearer in the governorship election noted that
“He made those statements during the period I was on the other side and was contesting to be the state governor and he (Oshiomhole) was determined to prevent that. What do you expect? Were you expecting him to praise me at that time when he did not want me to be governor?
“So, when you look at the context in which he said those things, you will understand that he was just playing politics and he needed to demarket me so that his candidate would have an advantage. And after the election, that was the end of it.
“Why did they not look at the good things he said before the campaign? The truth is that he was only trying to demarket me so that Edo people would not vote for me, not that it was from his heart.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Pastor Ize-Iyamu emerged the gubernatorial candidate of the APC.
The governorship candidate on Monday, June 22, pulled a total of 27,838 votes to beat Pius Odubu and Osaro Obazee who got 3,776 and 2,751 votes respectively.
He was declared the winner of the highly anticipated poll by Imo state governor, Hope Uzodinma to become the ruling party's flagbearer in the governorship election scheduled for September.
Shortly after he was announced the winner of the governorship primary Ize-Iyamu reacted to his victory at the party's shadow election. He asked the governor of the state, Godwin Obaseki, to return to his former party.
After being declared the winner of the APC governorship primary, 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."