Edo APC: Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu emerges party flagbearer for September 19 election

After weeks of “gbas-gbos” in the internal politics of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), a candidate has finally emerged as flagbearer for the party at the September 19th Edo Governorship election.

According to the results declared by Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo state; Chairman of the Edo APC Primary Election Committee, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu emerged victorious at the direct primaries, raking in 27,838 votes to defeat his contenders, Dr. Pius Odubu who scored 3,776 and Osaro Obazee who polled 2,751 votes.

Following the announcement, torrents of praise flooded Twitter as supporters of the party declared happiness at the outcome of the elections. Many praised Ize-Iyamu as a formidable character that would achieve great things if elected into office. 

 

 

 

Some Nigerians turned their directions to the incumbent Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, who had recently defected to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), mocking his move and stating that despite his efforts, he would still lose in a match against Ize-Iyamu.

 

As expected, some posited that Ize-Iyamu had no chance of winning the Governorship elections and favoured Obaseki instead.

 

Godwin Obaseki who had been denied the chance to run for a second term in office on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in what many have described as a fall out of the discord between him and the suspended National Chairman of the party, Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole, had defected to the opposition party in pursuance of his second term ambition. 

Nigerians are held in suspense as to who would emerge victorious in the primary elections of the PDP scheduled to hold on Tuesday. The results would determine the second major candidate going head-to-head at the gubernatorial elections holding in September. Many are betting on Governor Obaseki emerging victorious at the PDP indirect primaries, but with news that other aspirants have declined stepping down for the Governor, nothing can be said for certain. 

The PDP has commented on the election of Ize-Iyamu as the flagbearer of the APC and has boasted that the former Secretary to the Edo State Government is no match for any of their aspirants in the race for the Edo Governorship office. 

 

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