Ahead of the September 19, 2020 governorship election in Edo State, the hope of a former deputy governor of the state, Pius Odubu; a former Minister of State for Works, Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi, and Maj.-Gen. Charles Airhiavbere (rtd.) to become the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) appears to have been dashed as the party prepares for the governorship primary slated for next month.
A credible source in the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) told Daily Independent that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, APC National Chairman, had settled for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, a former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who formally joined the APC in December 2019, as his preferred choice.
It would be recalled that a mock primary was organised by the four aspirants few days ago to select a consensus candidate who will face incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki, in the primary.
However, thugs allegedly sponsored by one of the hopefuls invaded the venue and dispersed those in attendance while the voting exercise was going on.
According to our source, having realised that the aspirants had failed to agree among themselves on who becomes the consensus candidate, Oshiomhole, who facilitated Ize-Iyamu’s return to the APC, settled for his emergence and would likely face Obaseki at the primary billed to hold on June 22.
“As it stands, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is confirmed for Edo APC. Oshiomhole has already made up his mind on that.
“Since he has given the four of them the privilege to pick a consensus candidate but they have failed to do so, with time ticking out, he has settled for Ize-Iyamu.
“Don’t forget that Oshiomhole masterminded his return to the APC despite the fact that the likes of Odubu, Ogiemwonyi, Airhiavbere and others are strong candidates in their own right.
“The earlier the other aspirants queue behind Ize- Iyamu, the better for them.