My victory signals end of Edo APC crisis says Iyamu;

“My nomination has made me optimistic I would emerge winner.”

Osagie Ize-Iyamu on Monday described the successful All Progressives Congress (APC) direct governorship primary in Edo State as signaling an end to internal crisis in the party.

His main contender, Dr. Pius Odubu, stepped down hours before the primary election   conducted in the 192 wards of the 18 local government areas in the state. The third aspirant Osaro Obazee had earlier withdrawn from the race.

In spite of their U-turn, their names remained on the ballot, a development that made 3, 776 delegates to vote for Odubu  and  2,724   for Obazee. Ize-Iyamu polled 27,838.

Ize-Iyamu said he was not only happy winning the shadow poll but more elated that it was not marred by violence.

He comparing the internal crisis in the state chapter of the APC to a family feud and extended the olive branch to Governor Godwin Obaseki, who defected to the PDP shortly after he was disqualified from participating in the primary.

Ize-Iyamu thanked God, President Muhammadu Buhari, the Hope Uzodimma-led election committee and other stakeholders of the ruling party for making the exercise violent-free.

He said:

“All the leaders of the APC in the 192 wards, this is the time to fully unite the party. Sometimes ago, somebody asked me ‘when the problems of APC will end?”

“I told him that every problem has an expiry date. In my humble opinion, I said the day we complete our primary election, that day, the problems would end. So, I believe that by this process, which we have just completed, the party is now on the path of full recovery.

“We are going to talk to everybody. We are going to bring everybody back. I want to salute my brother, the governor of the state, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, I will like to plead with him to return to the party (APC). In every family, you have disagreements, let it not be said that disagreements pushed him out. I made the mistake before. I have come to realize that it was a grievous error and I will not want him, as a senior brother, to make the same mistake.

“I will like to plead with him (Obaseki) to set aside his anger and to come back (to the APC). In APC, he is recognized as a leader. In the new party he has gone, it will be difficult to accept him as a leader. It will be nice for him to come back. Certainly, we are ready to work with him and all well-meaning Edo people.

“I am naturally very happy and at the same time humbled by the overwhelming support and the endorsement that I received in the 18 local government areas of the state.  So, we want to thank God,  the national leadership of APC,  the committee that came for the primary, my senior brother, Dr. Odubu  and  Hon   Obazee.

“We also thank President Buhari and our traditional rulers, especially  our father, HRM the Oba of Benin, the Police  and  the  Department of State Services  for the peaceful atmosphere that characterised the   primary.”

 “My nomination has made me optimistic I would emerge winner.”

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