Ize-Iyamu withdraws from Edo APC governorship race

Less than 24 hours prior to the All Progressives Congress governorship primary election in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, one of the aspirants, has withdrawn from the race.

In a letter addressed to the national chairman of the party, Abdullahi Ganduje, and copied to the acting state chairman of the party, Jarrett Tenebe, Ize-Iyamu expressed the pain of his decision to step down.

Ize-Iyamu, who had been considered a top contender, surprised many with his withdrawal from the race, which would have been his fourth attempt at becoming the governor of the state, having previously served as Secretary to the State Government under Governor Lucky Igbinedion.

In his letter, Ize-Iyamu stated that his decision to join the gubernatorial race was driven by his passion and commitment to the betterment of Edo State. He commended the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC for ensuring a fair and transparent screening process, which restored integrity to the party.

However, he explained that he had to sacrifice his ambition for the sake of the party’s peace and unity. Despite the pain of his decision, he emphasized the importance of party cohesion at both state and national levels.

Expressing gratitude to President Bola Tinubu and the party’s national leadership for their fairness, as well as to the state’s working committee for promoting a level playing field, Ize-Iyamu thanked his family, friends, supporters, and campaign organization for their unwavering dedication.

He concluded by pledging his support to any candidate that emerges from the primary election, demonstrating his loyalty to the party’s decision-making process.