BY SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN—THE Edo State All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday held its state congress with Governor Adams Oshiomhole, explaining that his problem with Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu was that the latter wanted him to unilaterally endorse him as governor of the state in 2016.
Oshiomhole, at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin, while addressing APC delegates, also said he learnt about alleged plans by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to rig the 2015 and 2016 polls in Edo State, warning that such attempt would be resisted as “Edo people are not animals that will be captured.”
Apparently responding to claims by Ize-Iyamu on a private TV station in Benin City, that Oshiomhole promised to give him the governorship ticket of APC on several occasions, the governor insisted that those who left the party did so after he refused to endorse them either as governor, chairman of APC or Woman Leader.
He said: “Those that left the party were people who insisted that I should unilaterally decree them as the governor of Edo State. There is no way they can fit into the logic of APC. Those who insisted that I should appoint them to lead APC because they were chairmen before, should know that there is no way they can fit into this democratic setting. Those who insist that I should make them woman leader, whether or not the women want them, know they cannot fit into the logic of change.
“Those who insisted that because they cannot get what they want, then they can move on. It is important that we assist them to move. Those who insist that no man is God who now affirmed that man is God, may man continue to be their God. Let me remind all of you that my fight to liberate Edo people is not a personal fight. Indeed, those who have moved on, they started fighting not on the basis of Edo people but over their personal ambition.”