Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has won the APC Edo state primary, and just emerged the governorship candidate for the September 2020 election.
Imo state governor, Hope Uzodinma declared Ize-Iyamu winner of the direct primary election with a total of 27,838 votes to defeat Dr. Pius Odubu who scored 3,776 and Osaro Obazee who got 2,751 votes.
With the result, Ize-Iyamu will face other contenders in the September 19 governorship election in the state.
It can be recalled that the incumbent Governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki, resigned from the APC and joined the PDP, after he was screened out during the screening exercise.
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu had late last month been picked by the the Oshiomole-led faction of the APC in Edo state as their consensus governorship candidate.
Ize-Iyamu was named the consensus candidate in Abuja by the committee set up by the Oshiomole-led faction to screen about eight aspirants in the group.
The factional chairman of APC in the state, Mr Imuse, confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that Mr Ize-Iyamu has been adopted as a “consensus” candidate of the APC.
“He was adopted (as) a consensus candidate yesterday,” Mr Imuse said. “He collected his nomination forms some hours ago.”
The party chairman said what has happened is a “welcome development” to the APC.
“It tells you the sense of unity in APC, for all the other aspirants to come together and present one aspirant for the primary. It shows the spirit of brotherliness and togetherness that APC is known for.”