Godwin Obaseki, Edo State Governor, and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, his main challenger in the Governorship Election in 2016, will both slug it out for the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in next year’s governorship election in the state.
Although the two are expected to be the main contenders, others who may also contest on the APC platform are Chris Ogiemwonyi, Charles Airhiavbere, Pius Odubu, the yet-to-be-sworn in Niger Delta Development Commission’s (NDDC) board chairman.
It has been speculated that Oshiomhole persuaded Ize-Iyamu; a grassroots politician with a strong followership in the state, to join the APC where he would use his influence as national chairman to give him the party’s ticket.
There are also speculations that Obaseki may find his way to the PDP; the major opposition party in the state. However, he has repeatedly denied this, saying he had no plans to quit the APC.
“If a handful of individuals start misbehaving and feel we will leave the party for them, they will be the ones to leave,” Obaseki had said.
- Source: Disciples of Democracy