The defeated candidate of the All Progressive Party (APC) in last Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State, Pastor Ize-Iyamu has appealed to Governor Godwin Obaseki to return to APC.
Speaking on a television broadcast on Wednesday night, Ize-Iyamu said, “We are going to talk to everybody. We are going to bring everybody back. I want to salute my brother, the governor. I will like to appeal to him to return to the party. In every family, we must have a disagreement.
“Let it not be said that it was this disagreement that pushed him out. I made that mistake before and I have come to realise that it was a grievous error and I will not want him as a senior brother to make the same mistake.
“I will like to appeal to him to set aside his anger and come back. In APC, he is recognised as a leader and it would be difficult for him to be recognised as a leader in the new party he is going to.
“Certainly, we are ready to work with him and all well-meaning Edo people. We believe it is time to bring peace back to Edo State.”
It would be recalled that Obaseki fell out with his political godfather, Adams Oshiomhole, who was then the Chairman of the APC, over the running of the state.
Under his watch as the party’s chairman, Obaseki was denied the party’s governorship ticket, a move that led him to decamp to the opposition, PDP under which platform he ran for the election and defeated APC’s candidate, Ize-Iyamu by 307,955 to 223,619 votes.