Let Ize-Iyamu market himself – DG, APC Govs’ forum tells Oshiomhole

Oshiomhole, Obaseki and Ize-Iyamu

The Director-General of the Progressives Governors Forum, Dr. Salihu Lukeman, has cautioned Adams Oshiomhole, a former National Chairman of the party over his involvement in the governorship campaign in Edo State.

Lukman urged the former APC National Chairman to “calm down”, adding that the party’s governorship candidate in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu should be allowed to lead his own campaign.

The DG of APC’s PGF, in a statement also urged Oshiomhole to adopt the campaign model of Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the APC that allows the party and candidates to market themselves.

“As opposed to reconciliation, it is loud drums of war that has taken over the airwaves in Edo State. Comrade Oshiomhole has relocated to Edo State and taken over the APC campaign.

“The APC campaign is personalised around Comrade Oshiomhole and the candidate of the party, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is an onlooker.

“We need to appeal to Comrade Oshiomhole to ‘calm down’. This campaign is not about his person.

“If the Edo State APC campaign is to go ahead this way, when APC wins the election who will run the affairs of the state as Governor? Is it Comrade Oshiomhole or Pastor Ize-Iyamu? If our party wants Edo people to vote for our candidate, Pastor Ize-Iyamu must be very visible and be seen as the face of the campaign.

“Comrade Oshiomhole should take a backseat and play the facilitatory role our leaders play in all similar circumstances. Lagos state governorship election since 2007 present a good model. Without any doubt, our leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, may be argued to be very influential in the emergence of candidates, from Babatunde Raji Fashola, Akinwumi Ambode to our current Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.”

Oshiomhole and the state Governor, Godwin Obaseki have been involved in a face-off that led to the Governor’s disqualification from APC ahead of the party’s primary election.

It is widely believed that Oshiomhole was behind Obaseki’s disqualification due to their irreconcilable differences.

Against this backdrop, Obaseki had defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, were he emerged as the party’s governorship candidate for the September 19 election.

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  • Joseph,it is well said.
    The so called DG of Apc govt forum is indeed jobless

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  • Adams Oshiomhole has no electoral value both in Edo and outside, that is why he is introducing do or die politics to Edo jobless slaves of his.

    Pastor intending to be Governor, has Adams told the World that you were not fake who carried Bible because you were unemployable.

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  • Adams Oshiomhole is the worst thing that has happened in Nigeria's quest for Democracy in recent.
    Edo people shall be looked upon as fools if they foolishly listened to Adams as he wishes to call Edo state his own.

    The so called Pastor who wants to rule Edo state at all costs, is a conman, Adams rubbished him in 2015 Nationally and Internationally and he is dancing Adams tune now because he wants to answer a Governor.

    Shame to Edo people

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  • What is the concern of the jobless governor's forum director general? Are you a candidate in the election ? If you don't have anything to say why don't you keep your dirty mouth shut up for ever? Why are you criticizing a bonafide member of a party in an election that he was named by his party as a member of the campaign team. Do you remember that apart from being the immediate past chairman of APC, he equally hails from Edo state. Therefore should he not join other party members to canvas votes for his party?. This is an embarrassing behaviour from the so called Governor's Forum DG. He is displaying the attitudes of he who pays the piper dictates the tune as he has been induced with billions of naira by outgoing Edo state governor OBASEKI. Other responsible governors of APC should canvas for his immediate removal.

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    • Insulting the man is not a good democrat will. He expressed his interest in the Edo political game play by the gladiators. Rather than insulting him, you can debunked his claims with veritable fact rather than fictional and undemocratic imbalance on his side. He mentioned why Oshiomole was NWC was..... and other visible changes to Edo state political characters.

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  • PDP and Obaseki are the one that make personal. They drag Oshiomole into the campaign

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