Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the September 19 governorship election in Edo State has revealed that he is yet to make up his mind on the next line of action.
Ize-Iyamu made this known in a statement on Thursday signed by his Director of Communication and Media, Mr. John Mayaki and made available to Naija News as part of his reactions to rumours that he begged Governor Godwin Obaseki to return to the APC.
He said: “I already tweeted that I am studying the result and consulting widely on my next line of action. Speculative reporting must be condemned. When I make up my mind, I will let my supporters know. For now, patience is what I implore. Not violence, not anger will help us now. Dignity will manifest in how we bounce back from this minor setback.”
Naija News recalls Ize-Iyamu polled a total of 223,619 votes in the election but lost out to the eventual winner, Godwin Obaseki of the PDP who got a total of 307,955 votes.
The APC candidate explained further that he is not under any pressure from party leaders to accept defeat, reiterating that he is still studying the result of the election before announcing any next line of action.
He said: “I was shocked this morning when I saw reports saying I begged Obaseki to return to APC after the election. While immediately responding to it, another one emerged. I will restate that I never begged him to return after the election. I deliberately did not reply when I saw all that rumour on the social media with people tagging me in them.
“Now I saw another report in the media stating that APC leaders are mounting pressure on me to accept defeat. In all fairness to the National leadership of my party, they never mounted any pressure on me. So I wonder where their source got information from. The public reposes a lot of trust in the media for authentic information. What happens when this trust is betrayed?”