- Some media reports claimed Ize-Iyamu has declared his readiness to work with Governor Obaseki
- The reports also alleged that Ize-Iyamu appealed to the Edo state governor to return to the APC where he is regarded as a leader
- Ize-Iyamu has, however, debunked the reports, saying they are based on a video from three months ago, not after the election
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ThisDay newspaper reported that Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), called on Governor Godwin Obaseki to return to the APC days after the latter won the September 19 governorship election in Edo state,
The report which has now been deleted by the newspaper claimed Ize-Iyamu made the call in a television broadcast on Wednesday night, September 23.
Nigerian Tribune also has a version of the report where it claimed Ize-Iyamu has declared that he was ready to work with Governor Obaseki.
The newspaper also alleged that the APC governorship candidate disclosed this during a press briefing on Wednesday.
However, Ize-Iyamu has dismissed the reports through the director of communication and media of his campaign organisation, Prince John Mayaki.
‘’The video in reference is from three months ago, not after the election but doctored by Obaseki’s media handlers to seek undue legitimacy. “We wonder if the media were being sponsored by Obaseki and the PDP, as it seems implausible that they actually believed the story.
“This is even more so, when reporters in Benin City would report Pastor Ize-Iyamu, who is currently in Abuja, where the various media organisations are also domiciled, this is to tell you the suspicion inherent in the viral video."
This report by Legit.ng has been updated to reflect Ize-Iyamu's statement refuting the claims that he begged Obaseki to return to the APC.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Ize-Iyamu met with the APC caretaker chairman and governor of Yobe state, Mai Mala Buni, in Abuja on Wednesday.
The governor of Kogi state was also present at the meeting which was said to have taken place at Governor Buni'e Abuja residence.
It was gathered that Ize-Iyamu was persuaded at the meeting to accept the outcome of the election while the way forward for the APC candidate was also reportedly discussed.
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