The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party, has described the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Edo 2020 governorship election as a no “match for any of the PDP aspirants.”
Naija News reports that the PDP made this comment in a statement issued by the Spokesman of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, where it alleged that Ize-Iyamu emerged as a candidate of the party through “the crudest governorship election primary ever, in the history of our nation.”
The PDP said the ruling APC had been written off by people in Edo state and as well “turned the party into a butt of street joke as well as a new metaphor for disdain for the people.”
This online news platform recalls that Ize-Iyamu was declared the winner of the APC primary election held in the state on Monday afternoon, reacting to his emergence in a statement, the PDP said: “Already, on the streets of Edo state, Ize-Iyamu has become the new lexicon for APC’s crude attempt to suppress and lord it over the people of Edo state.
“From all indications, only failure awaits the APC in the September election. This is because, going by the figures announced from the direct primary, which the APC conducted to produce Ize-Iyamu, it is clear that the totality of the members of the APC in Edo is far below 40,000, in a state where the membership and support base of the PDP soar well above three million.
“Moreover, the people of Edo state had been openly told by Ize-Iyamu’s godfather, Adams Oshiomhole, that he is not fit to occupy the office of the governor of Edo state for reasons he had also put in public space.
“According to Oshiomhole, Ize-Iyamu is only good for political “night meetings” and not to occupy the highest office in the state, where he will fail.
“Edo people can also recall how Oshiomhole swore before God and man that people with the character traits of Ize-Iyamu should not be allowed anywhere near a public office like that of a governor.
“It is therefore nauseating that having degraded Ize-Iyamu across Edo state and beyond, the APC, in their arrogance and disrespect for the leaders and the people of Edo, want to foist such an individual on the state through a shambolic primary election.”
The PDP added in its statement that with the crisis that is now rocking the APC, it welcomed Ize-Iyamu to “an issue-based campaign, though his godfather, in agreement with us, has since declared that he has nothing to offer.”