By Iduozee Paul, Benin
Former governorship candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2016 election in Edo state, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, says he returned to the All Progressive Congress (APC) to contribute his quota to the advancement of the party.
Ize-Iyamu said he was one of the founding fathers of the party and his interest is to make the party gain ground in the state. He described his return as coming back home, explaining that there is nothing wrong with moving from one party to another. He said it is a matter of interest.
The former PDP flag-bearer, who, made the clarification at a media parley in Benin City organized by his group to explain why he defected to APC from PDP, said going to APC is to access government, and add value to the party, not to destroy it.
Ize-Iyamu said he did not leave PDP for the purpose of contesting the 2020 Edo election, but to build the party.
The former secretary to the state government under Lucky Igbinedion regime, said as a former member of APC in the state, his desire is to ensure that APC structure is well solidified in the state.
While responding to questions from journalists said he is very careful with what he says because of the predicament he finds himself in leaving PDP for APC. He said he is one of the grass root politicians that formed APC in Edo State.
He said his reason for leaving the PDP was made known to some of his die-hard supporters in the 18 local government areas across the 192 wards in the state and he promised to use wisdom to tackle the crisis rocking the APC in the state.
He therefore buttressed that ten leaders from PDP in the 18 local government areas signed the paper of his resignation before he finally left the opposition party in the state. He said before he left PDP several meetings were held with top leaders of the party.
Ize-Iyamu said he is not ambitious to contest governor ship seat said his objective is to serve Edo people who believed in his vision.