The re-election bid of Governor Godwin Obaseki may have hit a brick wall as another governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, emerged the party’s consensus candidate for the next gubernatorial election in the state.
The Nation reports that Ize-Iyamu, a former secretary to Edo state government, emerged the candidate of the party on the night of Tuesday, May 26, in Abuja through a consensus arrangement.
EMAGE News gathered that Ize-Iyamu, a pastor of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), was presented by chairman of the screening committee, Senator Francis Alimikhena, the representative of Edo North senatorial district.
The report said that other members of the screening committee were a former Edo deputy governor, Lucky Imasuen; General Cecil Esekhaigbe; ex-speaker of Edo House of Assembly, Thomas Okosun; former minority whip of the House of Representatives, Samson Osagie; ex-member of the House of Representatives, Patrick Obahiagbon, and the current deputy leader of the House of Representatives, Peter Akpatason.
The chairman of the screening committee while formally presenting Ize-Iyamu as the consensus candidate to slug it out with Governor Godwin Obaseki on June 22 with the direct mode of governorship primary election, wished him success.
He expressed optimism that Ize-Iyamu would be the standard-bearer of the party for the September 19 poll and inaugurated governor on November 12.