The All Progressives Congress governorship candidate , Pastor Osagie Ize- Iyamu, has called on Governor Godwin Obaseki who recently defected to the Peoples Democratic Party , to return to the APC .
Ize- Iyamu said this in Benin on Monday while reading his acceptance speech shortly after being announced as the winner of the party primary .
He said , “ We are going to talk to everybody and we are going to bring everybody back .
And let me also say that I want to salute my brother, the governor of the state, Mr Godwin Obaseki.
I will like to appeal to him to return to the party .
“ The atmosphere in our state has been tense in the past few months and it was unnecessary .
That hostile atmosphere , more or less put a stop to governance.
But we are hoping that now we have concluded our primary even though I have to start campaigns , let’ s do it in an atmosphere of love and peace .
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Ize- Iyamu was declared winner of the governorship primary after polling 27 , 838 votes from the direct primary held across the 192 wards of the 18 local government areas of the state , to defeat two other aspirants , Dr Pius Odubu and Mr Osaro Obaze , who polled 3 , 776 and 2 , 724 respectively .
The exercise , which commenced as early as 8 am across the 18 LGAs of the state , was peaceful .
There was also heavy military presence in the state collation centre at a hotel located in the Government Reserved Area area of Benin City .
Accredited card – carrying party members of the party , who wore face masks , lined up in batches of 15 in each ward at a time , and were , thereafter , requested to vote for the aspirants of their choice by raising their cards at the mention of the names of each of the three aspirants .
Chairman of the Edo State APC Primary Election Committee ,
Governor Hope Uzodinma, declared Ize- Iyamu winner of the exercise , after the collation of results .
He said , “ From the collated results , Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu , who scored 27, 838 votes , has the highest votes and is returned as the APC governorship candidate for Edo State in the forthcoming governorship election . ”
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