- Reverend Olu Martins says he remains an unrepentant supporter of Governor Godwin Obaseki and his administration
- The lead pastor at popular Benin church, HillCity was reacting to rumours that he now supports Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC
- Apart from being a pastor, Martins is also the executive director of the civil society group, Canvassers for Democracy and Rule of Law
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Lead Pastor at HillCity, Reverend Olu Martins has maintained that he remains an unrepentant supporter of Governor Godwin Obaseki and his administration.
Martins who is also the executive director, Canvassers for Democracy and Rule of Law, was reacting to rumours that he has jumped ship to support the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Osagie Ize-Iyamu, ahead of the September 19 governorship election in the state.
Speaking at a press conference in Benin city on Wednesday, August 26, Martins said he needed to denounce the rumour making the rounds before it wears the toga of truth.
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He insisted that there was never a time he endorsed Osagie Ize-Iyamu nor joined his campaigns as “you can't find any video or text of me doing the same anywhere.”
He continued: “Pastor Ize-Iyamu is my very good friend and that of my family whom I respect and relate with freely and regularly. He has played a pivotal role in my life and continues to.
“He was instrumental to my marriage to my wife, having been key to our meeting and mobilising support to the success of the same.
“Not many know that my in-laws are even closer to Ize-Iyamu, having known him for over 25 years. I met Ize-Iyamu in year 2000 when I was Students Union President in Ekpoma and we have remained close since then.
“I am an activist and not a party person and I can associate freely. That association shouldn't be tagged endorsement or dumping Obaseki.”
Legit.ng had earlier reported that over 400 religious leaders in Edo state have endorsed Governor Obaseki and his deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu, for a second term.
The religious leaders also promised to mobilise thousands of their followers to vote for the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming September 19 governorship election.
Similarly, a former minister of foreign affairs and ex-APC chieftain, Chief Tom Ikimi, has declared his support for Governor Obaseki.
Ikimi, one of the founding fathers of the APC, declared his support for the governor when the PDP held a campaign in his domain - Igueben local government area on Wednesday, August 19.
Ikimi, 76, urged his people to reelect Governor Obaseki and Comrade Philip Shaiubu in the September 19 gubernatorial election to enable them consolidate on their achievements in the first term.
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