- Osagie Ize-Iyamu is yet to be endorsed by the former national chairman of the APC, John Oyegun
- Oyegun in a recent statement called on the people of Edo state to vote their conscience
- The former APC chairman noted that he strongly warned against the treatment of Governor Obaseki
With less than five days to the Edo state gubernatorial election, the former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) John Oyegun has refused to endorse his party’s governorship candidate Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Oyegun who criticized the “forced exit” of Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, from the APC rejected what he described as “primitive politics,” The Cable reports.
According to him, Obaseki suffered unacceptable indignity while standing bravely for the dignity and pride of his people.
The former Edo state governor in a statement he issued on Monday, September 14, called the people Edo state to vote their conscience.
Oyegun went on to note that he warned against the mistreatment of Obaseki by the party's former National Working Committee (NWC).
The statement reads in parts: “My views and statements on the Edo state political situation have been consistent. In the matter of who governs Edo State, the people are sovereign and no individual or group of people, whatever their status, can decide on their behalf.
“I stand with the people of Edo State and urge them to come out massively to exercise their democratic rights. They should vote for good governance, common decency, principled leadership, especially in the political arena and the protection of their democratic rights.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo state urged Igbos in the state to vote for Ize-Iyamu of the APC.
The governor who disclosed this when he met with Igbo leaders in Edo state on Friday, September 11, urged them to use their votes to punish Governor Obaseki.
According to him, the businesses of many Igbos in Edo state are suffering due to the inhuman policies of the PDP administration.
In a related development, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chided Ize-Iyamu over the latter’s speculative answer to his question during the Channels Television Edo state governorship debate held on Sunday, September 13.
During the question and answer session of the two-hour debate, Obaseki asked his opponent: “In the light of the post- Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) economy, and going through your Simple Agenda, in the first year alone, you will require close to about N500 billion to do all the things you want to do for Edo people. How and where do you intend to get that money from?”
In his response, Ize-Iyamu said: “With what we have in mind, we are very optimistic that COVID or no COVID, our revenue will improve and we will be able to do most of the things that we plan to do.”
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