I Did Not Drop Out Of Governorship Race, Says Ize-Iyamu
One of the aspirants of the All Progressives Congress in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has rejected a report that he has quit the gubernatorial race.
This was made known on Tuesday by his media aide, John Mayaki.
Mayaki described the report as a deliberate falsehood circulated those frightened to confront his boss at the polls.
Mayaki, said: “We want to clarify to members of the public that the laughable report claiming that Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu has dropped out of the APC governorship race and demanded a refund is completely false.
“It is a deliberate falsehood created and circulated by those who are afraid to confront him at the polls and are thus seeking ways to cause confusion and mislead the people.
“Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu enjoys swelling support from party members across the 18 LGAs of the state. Therefore, he has no reason to quit the race.”
According to TheNation’s report, Mayaki added that: “We urge members of the public to disregard information from questionable sources operated by individuals with no credibility especially as it pertains to the aspiration of Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu.
“The people responsible for the mendacious claims are associates of the incumbent governor who has chosen to invite the courts into what ought to be a democratic process, instead of a making a case for his election to the members of the party.
“That, in itself, should tell the people who are considering quitting the race. Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu anticipates the June 22 direct primary and is focused on continuing talks with members of the party.”
The aide also debunks a report that the factional Chairman, Anselm OJezua was directed by a court to resume his former position.
Mayaki said: “Those claiming that a fictitious court order has reinstated the sacked Anselm Ojezua have only succeeded in admitting a truth they have long denied: that Anselm Ojezua has no position in Edo APC today and the authentic leader of the party in the state in Colonel David Imuse (rtd.).
“How can a case that was never filed, never heard and without participation by lawyers be said to have been ruled on?
“The simple way to dismiss this falsehood is to ask those peddling the news to provide basic details such as case file number, legal representatives, and Presiding judge.
“It is now clear that Governor Obaseki and his media propagandists have no achievements to show or campaign with.
“They are now running a 24/7 fake news mill aimed at misleading people. It is such a shame that with almost four years at the helm, this is all Obaseki has to show for it.”