- Governor Wike claims Oshiomhole cannot sell Ize-Iyamu to Edo voters because he is an unmarketable product
- The PDP has been using videos of Oshiomhole attacking Ize-Iyamu in 2016 as a weapon to demarket the APC candidate
- Oshiomhole knocked the PDP for playing a bad game by using his words in 2016 campaign videos against him
The governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, has told the former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole that the party's candidate Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is a bad product.
Governor Wike said because of this, Ize-Iyamu cannot be sold to the Edo electorate.
Channels TV reports that Wike made the claims on Friday, July 31 in a statement signed by his Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim.
Wike, who is the head of Governor Godwin Obaseki's reelection campaign, noted that there was evidence to prove that Ize-Iyamu is unmarketable.
“After an analysis, backed with supporting video footages from the campaigns of the last election in the state, he declared with unequivocal clarity, that Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the Edo State Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC is a bad product and you cannot sell a bad product to good and discerning people of Edo State,” Wike said in the statement.
Wike's words came just days after he was under attack from the APC camp for saying Governor Obaseki, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the forthcoming guber election in Edo state, does not have a strong opponent.
Governor Wike had on Wednesday, July 29, boasted that Obaseki would win the election because his opponents do not have the political acceptability to challenge the governor.
Legit.ng notes that APC candidate Ize-Iyamu was formerly a member of the PDP and even contested the 2016 Edo governorship election against Obaseki.
The former secretary to Edo state government defected from the PDP in November 2019 just around the time the disagreement between Governor Obaseki and his predecessor Oshiomhole reached its peak.
Ize-Iyamu later joined the APC and emerged the party's candidate in the oncoming September 2020 Edo election.
The PDP has been trying to demarket Ize-Iyamu by constantly sharing videos of Oshiomhole attacking the former SSG when he was contesting against Obaseki in 2016.
Meanwhile, Oshiomhole recently knocked the PDP for using his words against him.
Speaking ahead of the election scheduled for September, Oshiomhole said the opposition party is playing a bad game by using what he said about the APC candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, in 2016 against him.
He described Ize-Iyamu as "a good man with genuine plans" to move Edo state forward, adding that PDP will have nothing to show if voted into power again.
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