The Struggle for who becomes the All progressive Congress APC authentic Candidate for 2020 Governorship Election in Edo is becoming tighter.
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and the Incumbent Governor of Edo State Godwin Obaseki are on the frontline battling for who takes the party’s torch.
Edo APC: I’m not quitting governorship race – Pastor Ize Iyamu
Pastor Ize Iyamu, a governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State, has denied quitting the governorship race, ahead of the party’s primary election.
Ize Iyamu made the remark in response to reports that he dropped out, ahead of the party’s primary election.
A statement by his spokesperson, John Mayaki described the report as false.
The governorship aspirant insisted that the claim was being circulated by those afraid to face him during the upcoming election.
He said: “We want to clarify to members of the public that the laughable report claiming that Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu has dropped out of the APC governorship race and demanded a refund is completely false.
“It is a deliberate falsehood created and circulated by those who are afraid to confront him at the polls and are thus seeking ways to cause confusion and mislead the people.
“Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu enjoys swelling support from party members across the 18 LGAs of the state. Therefore, he has no reason to quit the race.”
Ize-Iyamu had a few days ago maintained that he was a bonafide member of the ruling APC, stressing that those disputing his membership of the party were only engaging in fruitless exercise
Edo APC: Obaseki clears air on dumping APC
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has debunked claims in certain quarters that he is planning to dump the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Obaseki, who refuted the claim while speaking at a meeting with the ‘Obaseki Mandate Group’ in Abuja on Tuesday, maintained that he will achieve his second tenure on the platform of the APC.
He described as untrue, rumours that he has plans to defect to another party if he failed to get the APC ticket during the primaries on June 22.
He, therefore, urged the people of the State to support those with a proven track record in public service, adding that he was humbled by the kind gesture of supporters who paid for his forms.
“Several of my supporters had expressed interest in paying for my expression of interest and nomination forms on any platform I choose.
“But I had made up my mind to stick to the platform which brought me into office to serve the Edo people, which is the All Progressives Congress,” he added.
Recall that Obaseki who has been at loggerheads with the APC National Chairman,
Adams Oshiomhole, presented his Expression of Interest Forms to President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday.
After the meeting, he told State House correspondents that Buhari assured him of his support.
On his rift with Oshiomhole, he said the former governor took his current position because he was not properly guided.
Oshiomhole had announced that the party adopted direct primary.