Thousands of members of the All Progressive Congress, APC, across the 192 wards in Edo state, will thronged out to affirm Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, as it consensus candidate against any candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate in the September 19th Governorship election in the state.
Ize- Iyamu’s, affirmation was made possible as two other aspirants, former Deputy Governor, Pius Odubu and Hon Osaro Obazee, stepped down to back the aspiration of Ize-Iyamu as the consensus candidate.
His emergence today is coming following weeks of horse trading by the leadership of the party. He is believed in many quarters to command an intimidating followership that can win election for the APC in the state.
Ize Iyamu, had expressed confidence in defeating the PDP, said irrespective of political party platform he is sure of winning the governorship election.
Obaseki, last friday defected to the PDP following his disqualification by the NWC screening committee on account of discrepancies in his academic qualifications.
Iyamu said: ” Whether in the APC or any other platform, as long as the contest will be determined by Edo people, I am confident of victory against him. If you drive around the state today and feel the pulse of the people, you will understand why I am that confident. The verdict is out on Obaseki’s term as governor and in summary, the people are tired of his problematic leadership, which has focused only on personal battles and needless confrontations.
The governorship however disclosed that his SIMPLE agenda will pay special attention critical aspect of the state for rapid development.
“Our SIMPLE agenda starts with Security and Social Welfare and that will be one of the key priorities of my administration if I emerge. We need to do better in securing the lives of our people. The situation in Edo State today is unfortunate. Security has deteriorated to the point where serving Commissioners, sometimes with escorts, are being kidnapped. For a long time people have complained about security and all they get is aloof silence. They do not deserve that”
“Despite increasing his monthly security votes, Governor Godwin Obaseki has made no investment in the security of the state, and even worse, his rhetoric and sponsorship of non-state actors have brought about avoidable violence in several instances.”
Meanwhile, all appears set for the APC Governorship primaries as Edo state Commissioner of Police, Johnson Kokumo, said arrangement to ensure hitch free excercise have been concluded.
He said the command is getting deployment of other security personnels from sister state to assist to policing in the primaries.
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