By Iduozee Paul Benin correspondent
The All Progressives Congress, APC flagged-off its campaign for the September 19 Edo Governorship election with a unifying rally on Saturday attended by leaders of the party across all levels and their supporters at the Sports Complex of the University of Benin, Ugbowo. The campaign flag-off rally was preceded by an official endorsement of the party’s candidate in the election, Pastor OsagieIze-Iyamu, by President Muhammadu Buhari when he presented him the APC flag on Friday at the Aso Villa and tasked the leaders of the party to work in unison to ensure his victory at the polls.
Governor Mai Mala Buni, chairman of the APC Caretaker Committee and Governor of Yobe State, led a delegation of other governors and leaders of the party from across the country to the flag-off rally and assured voters that the party will reclaim the state at the polls. Addressing party leaders and supporters, Governor Mai Mala Buni said the party is united behind Pastor OsagieIze-Iyamu, while also assuring voters that the APC will reclaim Edo State in a peaceful election on the September 19.
On his part, the chairman of the APC National Campaign Council and Governor of Kano State, Umar Abdulahi Ganduje, said the party had begun on a victorious note with the successful inauguration of the excluded members of the Edo Assembly and urged voters to choose the APC at the polls for inclusive governance and return to growth and development.
Immediate-past national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, flayed the incumbent Governor Obaseki on his conflicting academic credentials and litany of MOUs which, according to him, merely enriched consultants and failed to offer any benefit to the people.
In his remarks, the APC flag-bearer, Pastor OsagieIze-Iyamu thanked the governors present at the rally, including Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Babajide Sanwolu (Lagos), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi) and Hope Uzodinma (Imo).