Edo APC Guber: Ize-Iyamu Quits As Oshiomhole ‘Backs Another Aspirant’

APC Edo Governorship candidate, Mr. Osagie Ize-Iyamu

In a surprise move, former SSG of Edo State and tested governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has quit from the race to pick the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State.

Ize-Iyamu, who contested against incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki in 2016 and 2020, was among the 12 governorship aspirants cleared by the party’s screening committee led by Prof. Taoheed Adedoja.

The former SSG’s withdrawal may be connected to speculations that Senator Adams Oshiomhole, leader of the APC in Edo, is backing Dennis Idahosa.

Though Oshiomhole has not publicly endorsed Idahosa, his loyalists and supporters have been openly supporting Idahosa.

Addressing journalists in Benin, the state capital, Ize-Iyamu said his decision to withdraw from the race was in the interest of peace and unity of the party at the state as well as the national level.

He said:

“The NWC constituted the authentic screening committee and all 12 aspirants who purchased and completed the nomination forms were successfully screened and subsequently issued clearance certificates. This step has helped in restoring our integrity in the eyes of the public.”

“Having been cleared to contest the primary, I regrettably wish to announce my withdrawal from the race after consultation with my family, friends, political associates and supporters.

“I make this sacrifice in the interest of peace and unity of our party desperately need at the state and national level”

“As a loyal party man, I pledged that I and my teeming supporters shall support any candidate that emerges in the primary election,” he said.

Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State is Chairman of the seven-member team that will conduct the primary.

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