National chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiohmole, may have found a worthy ally to displace his estranged ‘rampaging’ godson and Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.
He is Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who left the APC in protest when it was obvious that Oshiohmole has settled for Obaseki in 2016.
Now, it thus appears that the ‘chicken’ is coming home to roost as preparations are in top gear to receive him in the APC anytime from now.
Ize-Iyamu, a former SSG is also a strong contender that given the impetus of the ‘federal might’, he will give Obaseki who may dump the APC a good run for his money.
It was gathered that Pastor Ize-Iyamu who contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in 2016, may have finalised all arrangement with the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to formally announce his defection any moment from now.
Ize-Iyamu was Secretary to the Edo State Government during the administration of former Governor Lucky Igbinedion.
He joined others to form the Grace Group, which metamorphosed into the defunct Action Congress.
Already, supporters of Pastor Ize-Iyamu have taken to the social media to celebrate his planned exit from the PDP and entrance into the APC with the hashtag #POIiscoming.
Sources close to Pastor Ize-Iyamu said he could join the APC to secure the party’s governorship ticket with the support of the Edo Peoples Movement, a pressure group whose aim is to unseat Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Other persons seeking EPM support for APC ticket are General Charles Airhiavbere, Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi and Solomon Edebiri.
Some Edo PDP members, who celebrated planned move of Pastor Ize-Iyamu to the APC, said the party’s plan for next year’s governorship poll does not favour him.
They said the failed plot to remove Chief Dan Orbih as the party state chairman before the primaries may have been part of the reason Ize-Iyamu opted to pitch tent with the APC.
In an earlier interview, Pastor Ize-Iyamu said: “If you ask me my political direction I leave it in the hands of God because I’m not in any way desperate for power.
“Everything I do I try to let God direct me. In my political life also I have made it a point of duty to put the people first.”
When contacted on Monday, Ize-Iyamu said he would keep our reporter informed if he makes the decision to defect.
Meanwhile, it was gathered that some EPM members are not happy with the plan to support Ize-Iyamu for the APC ticket.
But the conveners of EPM, Barr. Henry Idahagbon, dismissed talks that Pastor Ize-Iyamu has caused a crack within the ranks of the group.
Idahagbon said they would welcome the Ize-Iyamu with fanfare because he is an encyclopedia of Edo politics.
Idahagbon urged Governor Obaseki to start packing out of the Edo Government House.
He said: “We are celebrating his coming. He is a founding father of the defunct Action Congress. All the other aspirants are happy with his coming.”
A former Speaker of Edo Assembly, Thomas Okosun, said the EPM are members of the APC and the coming of Ize-Iyamu would not divide them.
Hon Ojo Asein said Governor Obaseki defeated Ize-Iyamu in previous elections and would defeat him again.
He said Obaseki has achieved a lot to earn him a second term ticket.