Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2016 Edo governorship election, has revealed that Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State; and the immediate past governor, Adams Oshiomhole, are both excited about his return to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Speaking in an interview, Ize-Iyamu said he spoke with both influential members of the ruling party during his consultation process, adding that they expressed delight and gave him their consent to return back “home”.
“Of course, I spoke with them, that’s very important. You know I cannot be coming to a party where they are holding such key positions and you will think that we will just ignore them; that will be wrong. Who am I going to work with? I spoke to the two of them and to be honest, they are excited, they are happy that I am coming and they told me ‘you are coming back home.’ So there is no hostility and they deserve all our respect. So there is no problem,” he told the Punch.
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Ize-Iyamu, who is rumoured of harbouring plans to contest the 2020 Edo governorship election, said he was frustrated out of the PDP by some of its members, insisting that their attitude were questionable.
He also said his return to the APC was borne out of genuine interest to participate in the decision-making process on behalf of the APC.
He added that his return to the ruling party was facilitated by appeals made by influential persons as well as his community.
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He said: “We are in politics principally to be able to represent our people in the political arena. We are in politics because we see it as an avenue to government and it is only through government that we can attract amenities to our people. We all pay taxes but it takes those in government to decide on where government resources will be channelled to. We want to be part of those who take that decision so that our communities and the people do not suffer for lack of representation and so when you are in a system that do not share your vision and your objectives, it becomes very frustrating and quite a number of our people were already frustrated with the attitude of many of those in the PDP.
“And then of course because we were in the APC before, there have been a lot of overtures at state and national levels that we should come back to the house that we helped to build. When we found out that many of those appeals were very genuine and coming from very highly placed persons, we went back to our communities and we also found out that our communities too were of the opinion that we should work with the APC. We have no choice but to take that decision and we have taken it without bitterness or malice.”
The returning APC member, who is also a pastor, described the crisis currently rocking the Edo State chapter of the party as “not good”, adding that he would make it a point of duty “to see how I can reconcile leaders of our state who are presiding over the ruling party”.
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