Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just-concluded Edo State governorship election, has urged Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State, to return to the party.
Ize-Iyamu, who lost to Governor Obaseki, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the election, stated this in a broadcast to the Edo people on Wednesday.
Governor Obaseki got his first tern mandate under the APC but defected to the PDP after he was disqualified from contesting the governorship primary.
According to Ize-Iyamu, Governor Obaseki will not be respected as a leader in the PDP compared to the APC.
Ize-Iyamu said: “We are going to talk to everybody. We are going to bring everybody back. I want to salute my brother, the governor. I will like to appeal to him to return to the party. In every family, we have a disagreement.
“Let it not be said that it was this disagreement that pushed him out. I made that mistake before and I have come to realise that it was a grievous error and I will not want him as a senior brother to make the same mistake.
“I will like to appeal to him to set aside his anger and come back. In APC, he is recognised as a leader and it would be difficult for him to be recognised as a leader in the new party he is going to.
“Certainly, we are ready to work with him and all well-meaning Edo people. We believe it is time to bring peace back to Edo State.”
Governor Obaseki polled 307,955 votes to defeat Ize-Iyamu, who secured 223,619 votes in Saturday’s governorship election in the state.