- Osagie Ize-Iyamu has scaled through another big hurdle and it seems the coast is clear
- The APC candidate has been officially endorsed by President Muhammadu Buhari
- Ize-Iyamu was handed the party's flag by the president on Friday as Edo poll draws closer
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Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has been formally endorsed as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the forthcoming governorship election in Edo state.
The approval was given by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, August 7, after Ize-Iyamu was led to Aso Rock by Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state.
Legit.ng earlier reported that President Buhari met with Pastor Ize-Iyamu, the party's flagbearer for the Edo election, in a meeting also attended by Governor Buni who is the chairman of APC national caretaker committee.
Governor Umar Ganduje of Kano, who is the chairman of APC campaign council in Edo, and chairman of Progressives Governors' Forum (PGF) Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state were also present at the meeting which looked like a last collective leap to reclaim the south-south state.
Emerging reports on Channels TV claimed Ize-Iyamu was officially presented with the party’s flag by President Buhari in the presence of two other governors elected on the APC platform.
Speaking after the meeting, Ize-Iyamu thanked the president for the acceptance and warm reception given to him.
He also expressed confidence in winning the election by defeating the incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki.
Edo governorship election has been scheduled for September 19 by the electoral umpire in the country, leaving the poll a two-horse race between the two heavyweight parties - APC and PDP.
Ize-Iyamu emerged as the APC candidate after Governor Godwin Obaseki was axed out of the ruling party by the screening committee on Friday, June 12, over an alleged defective certificate.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the household of Governor Obaeseki of Edo state has openly denied endorsing Pastor Ize-Iyamu in the forthcoming election.
Addressing pressman on Wednesday, August 5, spokesperson of the Edo state governor's household Oyuki Gaius-Obaseki Jr said the family will not armfold itself while some dissents are attempting to bring crack into their midst.
Gaius-Obaseki further added that the family has agreed to sanction the marauders who made the false declaration, adding that those who endorsed their son's opponent are shameful.
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