The flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming governorship elections in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has disclosed in an interview, that, suspended APC Chairman, and former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole did not mean it when he called him unprintable names and said he was not capable of governing the state.
This, he said, during an interview he granted journalists recently. When asked about his relationship with the embattled APC Chairman, and whether he was his godfather, the Pastor said: “What do you mean by godfather? However, are we selecting what we should remember? What about the periods he paid glowing compliments to me? What about the period he praised me for all I did to support him to be in government.”
“He made those statements during the period I was on the other side and was contesting to be the state governor and he (Oshiomhole) was determined to prevent that. What do you expect? Were you expecting him to praise me at that time when he did not want me to be governor?”
“So, when you look at the context in which he said those things, you will understand that he was just playing politics and he needed to de-market me so that his candidate would have an advantage. And after the election, that was the end of it. So, I do not think that we should dwell too much on what he said before the election. If you are saying that, we can also take you back to what he said about me before then. People are saying look at the bad things he said during the campaign.”
“Why did they not look at the good things he said before the campaign? The truth is that he was only trying to de-market me so that Edo people would not vote for me, not that it was from his heart. Of course, the man (Oshiomhole) can speak for himself; he is not dead. We are all pretending not to know that in politics, you can say all kinds of things just to de-market your opponent.”
The Edo State governorship elections come up in September and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu will come up against the might of the incumbent, Governor Godwin Obaseki of the PDP.