Ize-Iyamu’s Campaign Has Been Hijacked By Oshiomhole — APC Govs. Forum DG

The Progressives Governors’ Forum, on Friday, accused a former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, of hijacking the campaign of the party’s candidate in the September 19, Edo State governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

The body of all governors of APC, in a statement titled ‘Progressive Politics – Which Way, APC?’ by its Director General, Dr Salihu Lukeman, raised concerns over what it termed the diminishing electoral value of the All Progressives Congress.

The DG expressed sadness that the dissolution of the former National Working Committee of the APC had not solved the party’s diminishing electoral viability.

Regarding the forthcoming elections in Edo and Ondo states, Lukeman noted that efforts utilized by Governor Rotimi Akerodolu to reconcile with aggrieved party members and leaders in Ondo were commendable.

The PGF DG, however, insisted that the reverse seemed to be the case in Edo State, saying, rather than reconciliation, “loud drums of war” is currently on scene in the state.

He stated, “Comrade Oshiomhole has relocated to Edo State and taken over the APC campaign and the campaign is proceeding in a manner that suggests the Edo State governorship election is an extension of the personal battle between the governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, and Oshiomhole.

“The APC campaign is personalised around Comrade Oshiomhole and the candidate of the party, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, is an onlooker. The soundbite from the Edo APC campaign is so offensive to the point where Comrade Oshiomhole appears to be disowning almost every APC (member) in Edo State between 2016 and now.

“To that extent, it simply means Comrade Oshiomhole is disowning himself, which may be why he went on his knees begging the Edo people for forgiveness.”

Lukeman further made emphasis on the need for APC leaders to remember that the last leadership crisis was ignited by the deep concerns about the diminishing electoral viability of the party.

“What is it that needs to be done to address the problem of diminishing electoral viability of the APC? Do our leaders even agree that the APC is faced with the problem of diminishing electoral viability?

“This may be the problem, partly because, if our leaders are unable to recognise that the APC is faced with the problem of diminishing electoral viability, then there is a big problem,” he said.

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