National chairman of the All Progressive Congress, Adam Oshiomhole has shown his strength to the current governor of Edo state, Governor Obaseki.
Oshiomhole-led faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State have picked pastor Ize-Iyamu as the party consensus candidate.
This is now clear that Mr. Ize-Iyamu will be contesting for the ticket of the party ahead of the governorship election.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu was named in Abuja, last night, after a meeting with a committee set up by the Adams Oshiomhole group to screen about eight aspirants.
The committee was set up to help the faction agree on a common front. The agreed candidate is now set to obtain the nomination form of the party ahead of the primaries.
Ize-Iyamu will be squaring up at the primaries with the incumbent governor Godwin Obaseki who has been at loggerheads with his predecessor, Oshiomhole, over the past months, a matter that has generated series of political crisis within the ruling APC.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu blows hot reveal Why they want Obaseki out.
A Governorship aspirant of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo state, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has explained his grievances with the state Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, saying it would be politically suicidal for the party to present the incumbent for a second term.
The other aspirants have stepped down for Ize-Iyamu to pave way for him to defeat the incumbent Governor Obaseki.
Ize-Iyamu spoke on Wednesday shortly after picking his Nomination and Expression of Interest Forms at the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja.
He said the aspirants and members of the APC Caucus in the House of Representatives led by the House Deputy Leader, Comrade Peter Akpatason contributed the N22.5 million fees to purchase the forms for him.
While he conceded that the governor has a right to seek a second term, such ambition is negotiable, as other APC members have a right to seek to displace him.
Ize-Iyamu said he has done his best trying to counsel the governor and that the time has come to reposition the state.
He said; “We mean well for our state. We are not looking for positions simply because we need to look for something to occupy us. Even though what we have now is an APC Administration, we are not too happy with the pace of development. We are not happy with the rancour. We are not happy with the divisions. We are not happy with the insecurity and that cannot augur well for development. That was why we said our party cannot be changed, that it is better to change the incumbent and ensure that our party remains in office.
“In all the fight in the party, I have not heard the national Chairman say anything against the governor. It has been one-way traffic. It has been the governor, his deputy and people in his government constantly and persistently abusing the national Chairman, who as a father has kept quiet. The governor has created a fight between himself and leaders of the party in Edo state because the people that put him there, he has dismissed them, used all kinds of negative adjectives to describe them. He has no relationship with them.
When I came in, I made several efforts to see the governor to advise him that it was better to have a united house than creating factions. It is surprising that before I came into the party, I could speak to him at will but the moment I told him about my agenda, why I wanted to see him, it became impossible. He closed the door and of course, you do not expect me to force my way into Government House. I have done my best in trying to talk to him and those who are close to him that factions and strong words are not the way to go.
“For me, the governor has a right to seek a second term but he cannot say that it is not negotiable, it means you are saying that the party should not even sell forms to anybody and that Edo people do not have the discretion as to choose who should be their governor. To say it is not negotiable is to rubbish the rest of us who also have a right to contest”, he added.
Obaseki replied No man can stop me from returning as governor.
“God gave me power. If he wants me to return I will continue. No man can stop me. Power comes from God.”
Obaseki also denied claims that his ambition to return as governor would be hindered by inadequate “resources”.
He said, “I have friends with resources. I worked for eight years behind the scene before I became governor.
“So all that insinuations about using somebody’s resources…I became Governor on the platform of the party and I am grateful for it.
“It does not matter whether it is direct or indirect (primaries), I will win.”
Appealing for peace in the state, the governor warned that there should be no bloodshed over an election.
He said, “We have always canvassed for peace. What are the issues in Edo and what are the issues that cannot be resolved in a democracy. Our concern is to use the resources of the people to develop the state.
“This shouldn’t lead to bloodshed. We will not accept to be cowed and intimidated because some people think that they can manipulate rules and cut corners.”
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