Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Ikanade Agba has made it clear that Edo has always been an All Progressives Congress (APC) state and must remain so come the governorship election on September 19 this year.
Agba, in a congratulatory message to the APC governorship flagbearer, Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu declared: “Edo State has been an APC state and it must remain so.
“It is my sincere hope that leaders, stakeholders and members of the APC in Edo State will work assiduously to sell the profile and agenda of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu to every person even though he is already a household name from his many years as a grassroots mobilizer.
“On my part, I am prepared to offer the leadership alongside our other eminent federal elected and appointed office holders on the platform of our great party to ensure that the party emerges victorious in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to get Edo State back to the APC fold; and, I take this opportunity to assure Mr President that we will not disappoint him.”
The minister said that the APC in Edo State had demonstrated an uncommon camaraderie and desire to again form the next government in the state.
“I am confident that the government that will emerge after the September election that will be led by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu will be one that will inspire hope in our people, harness our God-given potentialities and lead Edo people to prosperity.
“The pointer to the victory that lies ahead was the very successful conduct of the primary election in a rancour-free manner, devoid of the shenanigans witnessed in other political parties.”
He called on all members of the party to unite around the Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu/Gani Audu ticket in the overall interest of the party and Edo people.
“I can say without any iota of doubt or equivocation that we shall be victorious on September 19th.”