The governorship up-and-comer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has excused the charges made against him by previous National Chairman of the gathering, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, when he (Ize-Iyamu) was the competitor of the PDP in 2016, saying the previous work pioneer didn’t mean the negative things he said about him.
Ize-Iyamu said the APC head was just attempting to “de-market” him when he challenged for representative on the foundation of an alternate gathering — the PDP – at that point.
In 2016 when he was battling for Godwin Obaseki, the APC up-and-comer who has now deserted to the PDP, Oshiomhole censured Ize-Iyamu as somebody who can’t be trusted with open assets.
He said the then PDP up-and-comer was avoiding the counter unite organizations.
In a meeting end of the week, Ize-Iyamu said Oshiomhole was “wading into controversy” and the things he said about him was never from his heart.
“He made those statements during the period I was on the other side and was contesting to be the state governor and he (Oshiomhole) was determined to prevent that. What do you expect? Were you expecting him to praise me at that time when he did not want me to be governor,” he said.
“So, when you look at the context in which he said those things, you will understand that he was just playing politics and he needed to de-market me so that his candidate would have an advantage. And after the election, that was the end of it. So, I do not think that we should dwell too much on what he said before the election.
“If you are saying that, we can also take you back to what he said about me before then. People are saying look at the bad things he said during the campaign. Why did they not look at the good things he said before the campaign?
The truth is that he was only trying to de-market me so that Edo people would not vote for me, not that it was from his heart. Of course, the man (Oshiomhole) can speak for himself; he is not dead. We are all pretending not to know that in politics, you can say all kinds of things just to de-market your opponent.”
“Why did they not look at the good things he said before the campaign? The truth is that he was only trying to de-market me so that Edo people would not vote for me, not that it was from his heart.”