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Ize-Iyamu formally dumps PDP, says return to APC homecoming

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Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu

Former candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2016 EdoFormer candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PD State governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, yesterday dumped the party and defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

He said his decision to defect to APC was borne out of his desire to provide solutions to the yearnings and aspirations of the people of Edo State.

Ize-Iyamu said coming to the APC was a homecoming for him and his teeming loyalists and supporters.

He expressed optimism that more members, comprising staunch supporters and leaders of the opposition party from across the 18 local councils of the state have unanimously agreed to move en-masse with him to the ruling party.

Ize-Iyamu, who spoke when he formally resigned his membership of the PDP at his GRA residence in Benin City, dismissed the claim that he joined the party to pitch tent with a faction of the state APC, adding that he was not going to engage in ‘name-calling’ but to further the interest of Edo people, particularly in promoting peace and unity of the party.

He said he left the PDP with his teeming supporters “without malice or bitterness.”

In his resignation letter dated November 21, 2019, addressed to the state chairman of the PDP and made available to newsmen, Ize-Iyamu said that his decision along with several PDP leaders from across the state “was unanimous (and) was not an easy one considering the warm relationship we have enjoyed with many members of the party.”

The letter reads in part: “There are however many compelling reasons that have necessitated this resolution but it would be uncharitable even to throw stones at a house we once inhabited by many friends and associates.

“We wish to state for the records that our primary motivation in politics is to effectively represent our people in the political arena and ensure that government policies and resources are for the betterment of our people.”


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