Edo 2020: Buhari endorses Ize-Iyamu as Ganduje says Obaseki has failed woefully/

President Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the September 19 guber election in Edo State.

The chairman, Caretaker Committee of the APC, Mai Malla Buni disclosed this on Friday while addressing State House Correspondents in Abuja.

Meanwhile, the Governor of Kano State, Abdulahi Ganduje, has described Godwin Obaseki, his Edo counterpart, as a failure who has not made any significant impact since assuming office.

While fielding questions from journalists at the Presidential Villa, the governor, who is chairman of the APC campaign council for the Edo governorship election, said his party would take advantage of Obaseki’s alleged failure during the September 19 election.

He said: “Your question is that we are contesting against a serving governor in Edo State. Yes, that is a very important question at this material time. It could have been a big problem if the governor performs well while governing his state.

“He could have been an asset to PDP. But I assure you that governor is a liability. In fact, it’s even better for us that we are contesting against a serving governor who failed woefully. He failed woefully in the area of human development.

“He failed woefully in the area of providing infrastructural facilities to the good people of Edo State, he failed most woefully in the execution of constitutional provision in the state, especially pertaining to the legislature.

“Fourteen members were out of the legislature for 13 good months. When we calculated, we saw those 14 legislators are representing 60 per cent of the population. All their constituents are unhappy that elected legislators were not given the chance to participate in the legislation in that state. In fact, all the legislation made should be considered as illegal. So, we are ready to fight somebody who has failed and it’s an advantage to us.”

On his part, Ize-Iyamu expressed confidence that he would lead the APC to glory at the forthcoming poll. He also blamed Obaseki for the violent atmosphere in Edo state. 

His words: “We wrote petitions to the commissioner of police, the Director DSS and they will attest to the fact that on a regular basis they are destroying our billboards. They are the ones that want to make the state ungovernable and I am sure you heard the governor say that himself and his deputy have immunity and so they can deal with anybody.

“I don’t have immunity, I don’t want to go to jail and it is not in my character to deal with anyone. They did their flag off at the stadium, nobody molested them. This  morning I placed a call to the DSS director to tell him that I am aware that the deputy governor has sent money to the student union leaders, appealing to them to come and demonstrate at Ugbowo, which is the route we are taking to our flag off tomorrow (Saturday). Of course the boys were just looking at him and informed us.

“So we are not beating any war drum, we believe in peace, our president believes in peace, our party leaders believe in peace and we cannot disappoint them.

“So I can assure you that on our part, we will conduct ourselves in a peaceful manner, our campaign will be done peacefully, the elections by the grace of God will be done peaceful. We are only appealing to the PDP and the governor to do the same.”