Edo State 2020: Ize-Iyamu In Dilemma As Obudu, Other Guber Aspirant Make Dramatic U-turn
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the candidacy in the September governorship poll through Adams Oshiomhole’s faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has reportedly suffered setback as aspirants in the party who had stepped down for the Cleric have reportedly made a U-turn and bought the party’s Expression of Interest form.
The aspirants are Ex-deputy governor of the state, Dr. Pius Odubu, and former Minister of Works for State, Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi.
This was just as another ally of the faction, Mr. Osaro Obaze, has reportedly indicated his interest to contest the All Progressives Congress (APC) Primary billed for June 22.
As at press time on Monday, the aspirants were yet to provide reasons for their decision to rejoin the guber race having earlier stepped down in a bid to form a united front in opposition to governor Godwin Obaseki reelection.
It was however amassed that the development may be a fallout of the assembly between the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF) led by Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi state to the National Leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, in Lagos.
A reliable source close to the Oshiomhole’s faction of the APC stated that: “It can also have occurred that Pastor Ize-Iyamu could have to face the reality been a favoured candidate as has been canvassed all along.
Earlier last week, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, A governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state, has denounced claims spreading around that he isn’t a member of the party.
In fact, he has declared that he is a bonafide member of APC.
The aspirant said: “If you examine the constitution of the APC, article 9, you may discover that you could visit your ward and sign in or you could even do on-line registration – the essence of this is to make certain that no person is deprived.”
“The meeting with Tinubu can also have placed a mislead Pastor Ize-Iyamu’s grandstanding. So, we are very cautious of what might happen within the coming days. This is actually the stop of the EPM as we recognise it,” the source stated.
The war between Governor Godwin Obaseki and APC National chairman, Adams Oshiomole is looking like a stumbling block to the Governor’s aspiration. The feud which began simply few years after Obaseki emergence as Governor may additionally probable jeopardize the aspiration of the technocrat if he did not manage well the members of the party and play his game smartly. The conflict, accusations and counter accusations from the two parties may additionally not only handiest end Obaseki’s political strength in the state but may also placed the party, All Progressive Congress right into a deep pit full of thorn.