Osagie Ize-Iyamu has been declared the winner of the governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State. Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who is an ally of the embattled national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, slugged it out with two other aspirants Pius Odubu and Osaze Obazee and won the primary. The direct primary was said to have been conducted in the eighteen local governments of Edo State. In the result which was announced by the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, who is the chairman of the primary committee of the party, Osagie Ize-Iyamu scored 27,833 votes while Mr. Odubu, the former deputy governor of the state, came second with 3,776. Mr. Obazee came last with over 2,000 votes.
It may interest you to know that Osagie Ize-Iyamu, 58 years old, is a Nigerian pastor, political figure, former chief of staff, and secretary to the Edo state government. He was the gubernatorial candidate of the Edo state People’s Democratic Party for the 2016 Edo state gubernatorial election. He is currently a member of the All Progressives Congress. The incumbent governor, who is also an interested candidate vying for reelection, was recently disqualified from his own party on account of irregularities with his school results and is now a candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
We can only hope that the election coming up in September of this year in the state go smoothly, fairly and peacefully. The election will be a battle of elephants and we strongly advise that the security apparatus in the state be tightened up to avoid bloodshed. The lives of Nigerians are precious and it is definitely not worth their blood in an election. Furthermore, citizens must be responsive and take their own destiny in their hands. They should be ready to use their vote to decide what is good for them.
Credit: The cable