The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State and its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, have received a major boost as the Ndigbo in Edo State have issued the clarion call to shun Mr. Godwin Obaseki and the PDP in the September 19 gubernatorial election in Edo State.
This was as Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dimm Uche Okwukwu, called all Ndigbo in Edo State to support the candidature of Pastor Ize-Iyamu, citing offending acts of Governor Obaseki as part of the body’s reasons.
Okwukuwu said, “Any organization that strays from political election is doomed and not worthy to exist. This realization informed my timely mobilization of Igbos in Edo State. The Igbo in Edo State include indigenes and non-indigenes. The Igbanke are indigenous; just as we have a large population of non-indigenous Igbos.”
He added that Edo State is important to the Ndigbo because Edo and Igbos share a common destiny as beneficiaries of the River Niger civilization; like the Nile, Congo and Benue Rivers civilizations, noting that Pastor Ize-Iyamu’sb character was reliable.
“Osagie Ize-Iyamu is a thorough and reliable fellow”, he said. Continuing, he explained that, “He is also a disciplined character and accomplished leader with a huge political experience. Igbos in Edo State should support Ize-Iyamu in his just quest to become the governor in the 2020 Edo Gubernatorial Election.”
Meanwhile, he predicted that Ize-Iyamu is likely to win the election on three factors going for him, namely, his ruling APC controls the Edo political structure, the party also controls the center, and his candidacy enjoys Edo-wide popularity and credibility.
The Ndigbo leader also urged Edo voters to vote for Ize-Iyamu and the APC to ensure rapid development.
He, however appealed to the Edo electorate, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) security agencies to conduct themselves in an orderly manner capable of guaranteeing an election that is transparent, free, fair, credible and free of violence.