Edo 2020: Deputy Speaker, 4 lawmakers declare support for Ize-Iyamu
Ahead of the September 19 Governorship election in Edo State, the camp of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu swelled further on Monday as five members of the Edo State House of Assembly including the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Yekini Idaiye declared support for the him.
The four lawmakers include, Emmanuel Agbaje, Akoko-Edo II and Nosayaba Okunbor (Orhionmwon East), Vincent Uwadae (Ovia North East II) and Dumez Ugiagbe (Ovia North East I).
The lawmakers pledged their commitment to the APC, vowing to campaign vigorously for the emergence of Ize-Iyamu as the governor of the state.
The Deputy Speaker specifically said he had no reason to join Governor Godwin Obaseki to his new party the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP).
“There is no reason for me to defect to another party because there is no single project in my village to show under this present administration.
“I am from Somorika, in Akoko Edo Local government area and my village is the most backward in Akoko Edo.”
Agbaje on his part said the four-year tenure of Obaseki has been a waste for Edo State and it is time to go to the next level with Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
“There are clear reasons why we are standing for our party because what would have been our problem in making progress has left us. I want to assure Edo people that with the emergence of Ize-Iyamu, Edo will move forward”.
Ize-Iyamu thanked the elected lawmakers for their courage and integrity, while also criticising the Governor for dividing the State by denying representation to 14 elected lawmakers for over a year.
According to Ize-Iyamu, by the sheer fact that 17 of the 24 members of the Assembly have rejected the Governor, the partial Assembly he forcefully put together, against the resolution of the National Assembly, has now fallen apart.
“Over a year, 14 members have not been allowed to occupy their seats and over half of the state has been deprived of fair representation.
“The Deputy Speaker of the house has come to show courage and integrity that he can no longer support Obaseki.