By Osahon Osahon
People of Northern extraction resident in Edo State under the auspices of Northern Professionals have endorsed the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, for the September 19 governorship election in the state.
The group said they are supporting Ize-Iyamu because of the chairman of the Edo Governorship Campaign Committee and Governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje, whom they described as a performing governor.
The group in a statement on Thursday by its chairman, Abdallah Tureta, commanded the APC for appointing Governor Abdullahi Ganduje as the Chairman of APC campaign Council for Edo election.
According to him, “We Northern Professionals resident in Edo state have resolved to throw our weight behind the gubernatorial candidate of the APC, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
“It is extremely important to say that our support for Ize-Iyamu is largely because of the chairmanship of one of our performing governors from the North, in person of Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state.
“We are assuring him of our collective support to ensure his victory at the polls in September.”
“Our resolve to back the APC Candidate in Edo state Gubernatorial Election is in solidarity with governor Ganduje appointed as the chairman of the campaign council.
“We came to understand that the wisdom behind Ganduje’s appointment as the Chairman of the Campaign Council is to make sure that no opportunity is left unattended to win the election. His sophistication and skills in politics are acknowledged across board.
“We resolve to do this after our conviction that his leadership of the campaign council is an indication that APC is willing and ready to win the election.
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“As somebody who has developed his state, both in human and infrastructure, Ganduje could also be a pillar in influencing the blueprint of how to move Edo state forward when our candidate wins. Which we are very hopeful that he would deliver.
“It is still fresh in our memories how President Muhammadu Buhari sometime last year, commended Governor Ganduje after becoming the best performing Governor for 3 consecutive months as then rated by the APC Progressive Governors Forum.”
Tureta in the statement, challenged the PDP in the state to showcase the achievements of its candidate in the election, Governor Godwin Obaseki.
“We challenged the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to come forward and showcase the feats they achieved under their candidate. We understand that, it is because they don’t have anything to show, that is why they resolve to be attacking personalities wrongly.