Edo gubernatorial: Obaseki may lose if we underate Ize-Iyamu - Ihimekpen warns

Edo PDP candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki and the APC candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu
Emeh Joy

A chieftain of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo state, Okharedia Ihimekpen, has warned the leadership of the party not to underrate the candidate of the opposition party, All Progressive Congress (APC), Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

Ihimekpen reportedly said this during an interactive session with news reporters in Benin on Monday. He expressed that he was optimistic that Governor Godwin Obaseki would emerge winner in September.

However, he added that the Edo state PDP would have to work harder in order to achieve that.

"I know that Pastor Ize-Iyamu is a strong tactician, he is very perfect in planning, and he is a grassroots man. You do not underrate him. If you do, it is at your peril.

"So, if you say I am governor, nothing is happening, you sit down and swim in Joy, thinking that you have arrived; you will only be deceiving yourself. If you do not close mark Pastor Ize-Iyamu, you will be shocked", he said.

Ihimekpen went further to say, "Look at the person that Pastor Ize-Iyamu picked as his running mate, Hon. Ganiyu Audu, also a grassroots politician from Edo North senatorial district as the deputy to Governor Obaseki, Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu.

"Audu is the engine room of Edo North senatorial district and is a perfect gentleman, who knows what politics is all about.

"The combination of Pastor Iza-Iyamu, Comrade Adams Oshiomole, the former national chairman of APC/ex-governor of Edo state and Audi, coupled with the sympathy of the people of Edo North senatorial district for their son (Oshiomole) is a danger that PDP members must contend with.

"Winning the September 19 election is a 50/50 chance for Governor Obaseki because the disaster that happened to Comrade Oshiomole lately has brought all the people of Edo North senatorial district together to be in sympathy with him".

Meanwhile, it has been previously reported that a member of PDP and former commissioner for Information and orientation in the state, Prince Kassim Afegbua reiterated that he would not support Governor Godwin Obaseki's re-election bid.

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