Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has emerged winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Edo Governorship Primary Election.
Ize-Iyamu polled 27,838 votes to defeat his closest rival, Dr. Pius Odubu, who scored 3,776 votes. Osaro Obaze came third with 2,751 votes.
Ize-Iyamu who was the Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2016, is backed by the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, following rift with the incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Obaseki had since left the APC following his disqualification from contesting the primary election. He joined the PDP where he’ll join other aspirants to contest the PDP ticket.
Governor Hope Uzodinma, the Chairman of the Edo State APC Primary, declared Ize-Iyamu winner of the poll held today.
He is expected to face Governor Obaseki in September should he also emerge the candidate of the PDP in the forthcoming PDP primary.
Speaking on Monday during a programme on Channels TV, Ize-Iyamu, when asked if he had the blessings of Oshiomhole, said; “the only godfather I have is God. I am sure that is obvious to you. Adams Oshiomhole is the national chairman of the party and I have immense respect for him. And there are other leaders. Adams Oshiomhole was not in Edo today and yet I won the 18 local governments. We have mutual respect for each other and I will not disrespect him because anybody wants to insult him.
“All I want to let you know is that I am well grounded in Edo. People know me; I have lived there all my life and they believe in me. And they want somebody that understands their problems and is able to solve them. I am sincere, focused and I have a clear-cut agenda of what I want to do.
“That is why I am standing and I believe on the basis of that I will win the election overwhelmingly. I don’t need any godfather to win.”
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