Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has emerged the consensus candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) faction believed to be loyal to National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
A chieftain of APC, who was at the screening told The Nation on phone the former SSG was considered as the consensus candidate in view of his popularity and having raised teeming supporters across the three senatorial districts of Edo state.
The source added Ize-Iyamu’s impressive performance during the 2016 governorship election as PDP candidate was also considered for his choice.
Chairman of the screening committee, while formally presenting Ize-Iyamu as the consensus candidate to slug it out with Governor Godwin Obaseki on June 22 with direct mode of governorship primary election, wished him success.
He expressed optimism that Ize-Iyamu would be the standard bearer of the party for the September 19 poll and inaugurated Governor on November 12.
In another development, Ize-Iyamu on Thursday has collected the nomination form for the governorship ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja.
Meanwhile Gov Obaseki on Wednesday, in an interview on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, noted that he is a man of peace, not an violent person.
He said that power comes from God and no man can stop him from returning as Edo governor.