- Some members of Governor Obaseki's family have chosen to team up with his rival, Osagie Ize-Iyamu
- The governor's cousins identified as Osaro and Victor said they would be supporting the APC candidate in the coming election
- On his part, Ize-Iyamu was full of joy at the support coming from Obaseki's family
Governor Godwin Obaseki has lost the support of two family members ahead of the Edo state governorship election.
The family members, Osaro Obaseki and Victor Obaseki are both cousins of the Edo governor.
They have chosen to pitch their tent with the governor's rival, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), PM News reports.
At a meeting with Ize-Iyamu in Benin, Victor said the Obasekis are a different breed who have unique ways of doing things.
According to him, though Obaseki is their kinsman, they are giving all their support to Ize-Iyamu.
“I have supported him before, and I would continue to support him, we would do all our campaigns for him without let or hindrance, fully from the bottom of our hearts," he said.
Reacting to the kind gesture, Ize-Iyamu was full of delight. He described the cousins' action as proof of the poor administration of Edo state by Obaseki in the four years he has been in power.
He said: “Let me thank you for the endorsement. I have known some of you for many years and I am very happy that politics has not strained our relationship."
Come September 19, the people of Edo state will be trooping out in their numbers to elect a new leader.
Obaseki will be contesting on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as he was disqualified by his former party, APC.
In an earlier report by Legit.ng, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state on Wednesday, July 29, boasted that Obaseki would win the election because his opponents do not have the political acceptability to challenge him.
The governor's re-election bid also got a major boost as the Chief Imam of Benin City, Abdulfatah Enabulele, endorsed him for a second term in office.
According to the group, Obaseki is best known for hounding opponents who refuse to support his government.
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