Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), is currently hosting the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The chairman of the party’s caretaker committee, Mai Mala Buni, led the candidate to the meeting.
The meeting is holding amidst heightened tension in Edo State.
Buni said the President has formally endorsed Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the party’s candidate in the Edo State governorship election.
Buni told State House correspondents that the President presented the party’s flag to Ize-Iyamu during the meeting they had with him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Ize-Iyamu also told reporters that there is no truth in the claim that the members of the state House of Assembly, who met on Thursday and elected a factional Speaker, did so inside his house.
“Let me debunk the statement that 17 members of the State House of Assembly sat in my sitting room, it is not true,” he said.
On his part, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State described his Edo State counterpart and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the September elections, Godwin Obaseki, as a liability to the PDP.
“I can assure you that Governor Obaseki is a liability to the PDP. I can assure you that we are contesting against a governor who has failed most woefully,” he said.