President Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the September 19 governorship election in Edo State.
The President gave the endorsement on Friday when he received Ize-Iyamu who was led to the Presidential Villa in Abuja by the APC Caretaker Committee Chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State.
He presented the party’s flag to the APC candidate in the presence of two other governors elected on the party’s platform.
Vanguard reports that, Mala Buni, said the President gave his blessings to the candidate, while briefing State House correspondents.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu at the briefing debunked the allegation that 14 members-elect of the Edo State House of Assembly sat in his house on Thursday to impeach the Speaker of the House and elect a new one.
Away from his endorsement, the APC candidate reacted to the removal of the rooftop of the Edo State House of Assembly.
He described the action as an invasion of the legislative complex, stating that there was no budget for the renovation of the facility.
Channels reports that, Ize-Iyamu accused the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, of beating the drums of war, claiming that the state deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, was paying student unions in Edo to protest on the day of the flag-off of the APC campaign.
He, however, congratulated Victor Edoror, who was claimed to have been elected by 17 lawmakers on Thursday as the new Speaker of the State House of Assembly.
Governor Bagudu, who was also present at the briefing, in his remarks, gave an assurance that the APC governors were fully in support of Ize-Iyamu’s candidature.
On reconciliation efforts by the APC, Governor Buni explained that the party’s candidate was a product of such efforts.
He noted that the caretaker committee was making more efforts to bring more aggrieved members back into the APC fold.