Edo guber election: Ize-Iyamu denies begging Obaseki to return to APC
The Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu Campaign Organisation has denied widely publicized reports that the APC governorship candidate had appealed to the winner of the Edo guber election, Governor Godwin Obaseki to return to the All Progressives Congress.
The APC flagbearer in last Saturday Governorship election, was also quoted as declaring in a televised press conference on Wednesday night that he was ready to work with his victorious opponent, Obaseki.
Ize-Iyamu was quoted as saying: “We are going to talk to everybody, we will bring everybody back. I want to salute my brother, the governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki. I am appealing to him to return to the party. In every family, there must be a disagreement.”
“Let it not be said that it was this disagreement that pushed him out of the party. I made the mistake before and I have come to realise that it was a grievious error and I would not want him as a senior brother to make the same,” he added.
He was said to have asserted that he was appealing to Obaseki to come back to the party where he truly belongs saying, “In APC, he’s recognised as a leader but the new party he is, it will be difficult for them to accept him(Obaseki) as a leader. So I am ready to work with him and all well-meaning Edo people. We believe that it is time we bring peace to our state, ” he concluded.
Reacting, the Ize-Iyamu campaign team described the reports making the rounds in the mainstream and social media as a demonstration of “unprofessionalism” that would render them as tools for PDP.
The Director of Communication and Media of the Osagie Ize-Iyamu Campaign Organisation, Mr John Mayaki, who made the clarification on Thursday in a statement, insists that the defeated APC candidate did not made such appeal.
“The media has once again lent itself to the fabrications of Governor Godwin Obaseki and the PDP, as they did throughout the election.” “The video in reference is from three months ago, not after the election but doctored by Governor Obaseki media handlers to seek undue legitimacy”, he disclosed.
Mayaki queried: “Pastor Ize-Iyamu was reported in the stories as speaking from Abuja, but it was the Benin reporters that covered the story. Were the reporters transported to Abuja? Do these media agencies actually believe the stories they carry? Obaseki and the PDP has a way of leaking false news to the media and the media has to be sensitive and professional in receiving these news.”
The statement also warned that there is a fake twitter account purporting to belong to Pastor Ize-Iyamu, which has been disseminating false information. He warned the media to avoid it like a plague and verify all their information before passing them on.
He said, “I only wish the media had been more professional during the elections; they were not and what is done is done. They don’t know how violent and anti-democratic it was in several parts of Edo State, including Egor in Benin City, and so they reported that the elections were free and fair. At least, going forward, let them verify all news before passing it on. It is the basic ethic of the profession”.