Breaking: At last, Ize-Iyamu surrenders ambition, pulls out of Edo governorship race

A governorship aspirant in the Edo State governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize -Iyamu, has withdrawn from the race.

He discribed his decision to quit the race as painful, but noted that it has become imperative after his exhaustive consultation with family, friends, political associates and supporters.

The development is coming barely 24 hours to his party, All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election scheduled for Saturday February 17, 2024.

This was contained in a letter he personally signed and addressed to  Alhaji Umar Ganduje, the National Chairman of APC.

In the letter, Ize-Iyamu appealed to the  people of Edo state to accept his decision which according to him, is very personal.

He said: “I joined the 2024 Edo governorship as a result of my passion and commitment to the cause of rescuing Edo state from the condition of decrepitude.

“I entered the contest as a progressive democrat with an open mind to keenly contest and accept the result of the process that is fair, credible and transparent.

“I appreciate the commendation efforts made by the National Working Committee (NWC) of APC, to correct the erroneous impression maliciously created by certain persons that some aspirants including myself had been disqualified from the contest.

“The NWC constituted the authentic screening committee and all twelve aspirants who purchased and completed the nomination forms were successfully screened and subsequently issued clearance certificates,” he stated.

Ize-Iyamu was the governorship candidate of of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2016 and that of APC in 2020.

He suffered defeats on both elections. 

There have been increasing calls amongst party faithfuls for the Pastor-turned politician to stepdown and give way for young set of politicians.