SWITZERLAND, JUNE 09 – The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has insisted he is not afraid of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, his major opponent for the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket in the upcoming election
Obaseki stated this recently while making an appearance on a Channels Television.
Ize-Iyamu contested the last governorship election under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), before defecting to the APC.
He will now go up against Obaseki for APC’s ticket in the September 19 poll.
But the Governor insists he has no reason to be scared of Ize-Iyamu.
“Why should I be? The last time I contested, he (Ize-Iyamu) was my opponent from the PDP and the votes are there.
“I beat him (when I had no track record as a governor) and now with the track record as a governor, I don’t have any fears,” Obaseki said.
The governor has expressed concerns over the decision of the party’s National Working Committee for direct primaries, which he beleives will favour Ize-Iyamu, a member of the same caucus with Obaseki’s estranged godfather and national chairman, Adams Oshiomole. Obaseki and Oshiomole are currently locked in a bitter duel over the state.