By Osahon Osahon
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has emerged the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the September 19 gubernatorial election in Edo State.
He defeated a former deputy governor of the state, Dr. Pius Odubu and Osaro Obaze to emerged winner of the governorship primary of the party.
Ize-Iyamu was declared winner by the chairman of the Edo APC Governorship Primary Committee, Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State.
He polled a total of 27,838 votes, to defeat Odubu who polled 3,776, while the third aspirant, Osaro Obaze polled 2,724 votes.
The election was held in 192 wards spread across the state through the direct method.
Early morning heavy downpour did not deter the voters from voting which began about 8 pm.
Ize-Iyamu voted at Ward 5, Ugboko, in Orhionmwon local government area of the state.
Uzodinma, who announced the result, said the election is “the most clinically exercised in the history of elections in Nigerian.”
Uzodinma assured that Edo state will return to APC control after the governorship election.
In his acceptance speech, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu thanked President Muhamadu Buhari, the leadership of the APC and members of the party in the state for giving him their votes.
He urged Governor Godwin Obaseki, whom he described as his brother, to return to APC, promising to work with him.