The faction of the All Progressives Congress in Edo State loyal to the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, has picked a former Secretary to the Edo State Government, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, as candidate for September’s governorship election.
Ize-Iyamu was declared by the faction as consensus candidate on Wednesday morning, after which he went on to pick the nomination form for the election.
No fewer than seven aspirants were said to have stepped down for him ahead of the primaries scheduled for June 22.
The aspirants also accompanied him to the secretariat to pick the form.
Among those who accompanied Ize-Iyamu to pick the form were General Charles Airhiavbere (retd), Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi and Hon. Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma.
In a statement by the Osagie Ize-Iyamu Campaign Organization, signed by the Director of Communication and Media, John Mayaki, Ize-Iyamu said: ‘By obtaining the form today, we have formally placed our name on the party’s ballot for our internal primary next month. It is another great stride and we are thankful to the other aspirants who have joined us here today to offer support.
“There have been efforts to cause disunity in our party and pit people against each other by those who have sadly embraced politics without principles, and are openly rebelling against the leadership of our party because they believe they have absolute power. But, as it is clear from today’s event, Edo APC is united and these deviants may have a loud voice but they don’t represent the majority.
“Everyone here may have personal ambitions but we are bound together by the common desire to fast-track the transformation of our state through a transparent, effective, and accountable governance that will improve the living standards and social well-being of our people. And we all recognise that this cannot happen unless we dislodge the present administration that has failed this great party and the people of Edo State.
“An accepted truth is that Edo State needs a government that is alert, proactive, and prompt; not one that has scant regard for the rule of law and seeks to gain an unfair, undemocratic advantage through the manipulation of serious matters of public health.”