Bisi Olaniyi, Southsouth Bureau Chief
A GOVERNORSHIP aspirant in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for foiling a bid to oust All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole.
He said it would have been a shame had the former governor been removed.
Ize-Iyamu, who joined the APC from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), claimed that the “coup” against Oshiomhole was plotted in Edo.
He also lauded the party’s National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and APC governors for their role in resolving the crisis.
Ize-Iyamu spoke in Benin, the Edo State capital while addressing Edo APC leaders and members who received him on his return from Abuja, where he went to show solidarity with Oshiomhole.
Ize-Iyamu said: “We are very grateful, as indigenes of Edo State, because we would have been ashamed and disappointed if our son, Comrade Oshiomhole, was removed from office.
“President Buhari, Asiwaju Tinubu and other leaders of APC deserve commendation for foiling a coup, which was the product of a grand conspiracy, coordinated and funded from Edo State, for the removal as National Chairman of APC, an Edo son, Comrade Oshiomhole.
“You can imagine a situation where few Edo indigenes were spending Edo people’s money to pay some persons to remove an eminent son of the state as the National Chairman of APC.”
The governorship aspirant also stated that members of the National Working Committee (NWC) and National Executive Committee (NEC), as well as the state chairmen of APC, including Edo chairman of the party, Col. David Imuse (rtd.), must also be commended for supporting Oshiomhole at the crucial period.
He said: “Edo people are not ingrates. We appreciate persons who stood by us in times of need. We do not want the attitude of a few persons to give a wrong signal, because gratitude is in our DNA.”