By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—The governorship ambition of former Secretary to Edo State Government, SSG, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, weekend, received a boost following his adoption for the governorship race by past political office holders from Edo North senatorial district.
The decision to back Pastor Ize-Iyamu for the governorship ticket was taken at a meeting in Fugar, headquarters of Estako Central Local Government Area of the state by the former political office holders who are members of the PDP, as well as some other affiliate groups such as women and youths groups.
The ex-political office holders said that after a thorough check on all the aspirants jostling for the Edo State governorship seat in all the political parties, they had come to the conclusion that Ize-Iyamu was the best, considering his experience, clout and temerity.
A former Speaker of Akoko-Edo legislative council, Mr. Ade Ajayi, boasted that in Ize-Iyamu, the PDP’s hope of reclaiming Edo State from the All Progressives Congress, APC, was certain, adding that like minds from the APC were willing to team up with them once Ize-Iyamu emerged the PDP candidate.
He said: “We have made serious efforts to put this together. We have looked at the profiles of all the aspirants across the party and have no doubt that PDP’s chances are brightest with Ize-Iyamu. We have since discovered that he is capable of bringing together those things needed to ensure victory for the party.”
Mr. Richard Olori from Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of the state moved the motion for the adoption of Ize-Iyamu, while six other persons from each of the six local government areas in the district seconded the motion.
Some of those who attended the meeting include Jaret Tenebe, Abu Dokpesi, Abu Maipata, former council chairmen, vice chairmen, secretaries, supervisors and councilors in the six councils of Edo North district.