Don’t Impose Ize-Iyamu On Edo – Oshiomhole Warned
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Barr. Andrew Osawaru has warned the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole against supporting Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu to become the Edo State governor in 2020.
The APC stalwart warned Oshiomhole that giving the party’s ticket to Ize-Iyamu may spell doom for the political career of Oshiomhole.
Osawaru made the submission on Wednesday in a statement titled: “Adams Oshiomhole and his last macabre dance.”
He recalled that the state’s current deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, defended Oshiomhole staunchly back in 2012 but the same Oshiomhole now sees him as an enemy.
Naija News recalls former Edo State Governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to Osawaru, “It is fast becoming evidently clear that after the next governorship election in Edo State, and obviously before the next Presidential election in Nigeria, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole would have been shoved into a state of political irrelevance.
“Edo state political gladiators are earnestly waiting for Comrade Oshiomhole to explain publicly, how a man whom he described on the 24th of July 2016, as a pathological liar and a dubious pastor that masterminded the looting of Edo state resources during the reign of Chief Lucky Igbinedion as the State Governor now suddenly turned a saint that can be accorded any political trust and relevance.
“While some people are already talking about Oshiomhole’s overbearing influence in the affairs of the state, others are talking about how he will be cut to size by his new found friends after handing over the party’s ticket to them.”
He further warned that any plan by Oshiomhole to impose the Ize-Iyamu as the APC governorship candidate for Edo State in 2020 may lead to the disintegration of the party.
“The battle may have just begun as the disintegration in the party will be full-blown in the days and weeks ahead as supporters of various aspirants, including Governor Godwin Obaseki’s supporters will want to outdo each other with series of blackmail that will involve sponsors/aspirants.
“Those who decamped with Pastor Ize-Iyamu claimed to have returned to occupy their former house, those who claimed to have built the house and stayed with Comrade Oshiomhole are flexing muscles to fight to finish, as the new decamped members cannot come and take over what they had earlier destroyed with lots of crises.
“While some people are already talking about Oshiomhole’s overbearing influence in the affairs of the state, with the imposition of over seven commissioners that were recently sacked, others are talking about how he will be cut to size by a man he once defamed, should the party ticket be handed over to Ize-Iyamu.
“With the calculations ahead, Oshiomhole would be the major loser as he would no longer have the formidable support he enjoyed from Edo North prior to the 2012 election, as he has balkanized the party and betrayed his political son for marabouts.
“Worst still, those who recently decamped with Ize-Iyamu are those that fought Oshiomhole with lot of casualties at the House of Assembly and during the elections.”