The race for the office of Governor of Edo State in the September 19, 2020 governorship election in the state is getting interesting, as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has tactically disowned Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
Ize-Iyamu, while speaking on Friday moments after securing the endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari, said the former APC National Chairman is not the face of his campaign.
It is believed in many quarters that Oshiomhole is the main power behind Ize-Iyamu, who was once a political foe of the former Edo State Governor.
He however defected back to the APC from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), where he stood election for governor in 2016 after allegedly reaching a truce with Oshiomhole, paving way for him to pick the APC ticket.
Ize-Iyamu, who alleged that Governor Godwin Obaseki and his Deputy, Phillip Shuaibu, the candidates of the PDP, are recruiting student leaders to scuttle his campaign flag off today, said it was the PDP that is promoting Oshiomhole as the face of his campaign.
He Said: “Let me first inform you that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is not the face of the campaign. As you rightly know, I am the gubernatorial candidate and Malam Gani Audu is the deputy.
“It is the PDP that keeps mentioning his name, talking about him and playing tapes as if he is the candidate.
“But I want to inform you that I am very well known in Edo. I have lived there all my life. I have been chief of staff, secretary to the state government and we also have a local director-general of the campaign.
“Of course, Adams Oshiomhole comes from Edo, he is an APC member and it is natural for him to campaign for our party, but certainly he is not the face, unlike what happened four years ago where, maybe, the candidate could not speak and somebody had to speak for him. “But anyone will tell you that everywhere I have gone, I have been the one speaking. So, that statement is not correct.”
The race for the September 19 election has continued to generate controversies, with apprehension of possible violence in the state, as both the APC and PDP camps continued to talk tough.
The election has also pitted lawmakers in the state against one another, with impeachment and counter impeachments between pro-Obaseki lawmakers and those opposed to him.