One of the three governorship aspirants cleared by the All Progressives Congress (APC) Screening Committee to participate in the party’s primary scheduled for Monday, June 22, Hon Osaro Obazee has stepped down from the race and declared support for the candidacy of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Obazee announced on Wednesday evening in Benin, the state capital.
He pledged his support, alongside that of his followers, to the former Secretary to the State Government who is widely predicted to emerge as the APC’s flagbearer.
In his reaction, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, speaking through a statement signed by Prince John Mayaki, the Director of Communication and Media of his Campaign Organization, expressed gratitude to Hon. Osaro Obazee and described his support as another “important boost” for his aspiration days before the primary election.
“Hon. Osaro Obazee is a fine politician whose entrance into the race no doubt injected more life and excitement.
“He campaigned from his heart and took his message to members and followers of our party across the state.
“I am grateful to him for his endorsement and very confident that it will provide an important boost to our bid as we approach the primary election of our great party.”
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu also received the endorsement of all serving members of the House of Representatives representing all constituencies in Edo State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress earlier this week.