Pastor Ize-Iyamu Becomes APC Consensus Candidate Ahead of Edo Guber Poll
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has risen as the consensus candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) faction believed to be loyal to National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
Ize-Iyamu, a former Secretary to Edo State Government (SSG), emerged on Tuesday night in Abuja through consensus candidate.
He is expected to slug it out with Governor Godwin Obaseki for the direct primary of the party slated for June 22.
He was presented by chairman of the screening committee, Senator Francis Alimikhena, the representative of Edo North Senatorial District.
Other members of the screening committee were a former Edo Deputy Governor Lucky Imasuen; Gen. Cecil Esekhaigbe; ex-Edo Speaker Thomas Okosun; former Minority Whip of the House of Representatives Samson Osagie; ex-member of the House of Representatives Patrick Obahiagbon and Deputy Leader of the House of Representatives, Peter Akpatason.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu, has also debunked reports that he received an endorsement from the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, National leader Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu and President Muhammadu Buhari to contest the election.
Ize-Iyamu who spoke to newsmen after he picked his nomination form at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, said he was endorsed by seven other intending aspirants who stepped down for him.
He also said that Governor Obaseki’s insistence on direct primaries was because he wants to manipulate the primaries.
According to him, “direct mode of primaries is the best method under the current deadly health coronavirus pandemic.” the Sun quoted him as saying.