Promised to dump Obaseki and give the APC gubernatorial ticket to Pastor Ize Iyamu if he returns to APC…
CATCHY WORDS AT THE MEETING.
“I know that Edo people have chosen you to be their next governor. I can no longer exert myself to fighting that. I am not happy that you will be a governor with the PDP tag but I am relieved that you are going to be a governor I cannot call an opponent but a friend and political associate”– Governor Oshiomhole clearly endorsing Pastor Ize Iyamu as his successor.
SUBSTANCE OF THE MEETING:
Troubled by the reality that his party APC is on the verge of losing Edo state to the rival party PDP in the forth coming elections and seriously disturbed by the unelectable characteristics of the APC aspirants particularly the wide rejection of his preferred aspirant Obaseki by members of his party,Oshiomhole has decided to swallow his pride and savage the situation. He would hate to see the next governor of Edo state being referred to as PDP governor. In this connection,he engaged the help of Dr. S.O Ogbemudia to help him talk to the Igbinedions. Our source revealed that,at a closed door meeting held at Constantine Hotel, Benin city away from prying eyes on the 2nd day of March,2016 at about 10 pm,Ogbemidia reconciled the Esama,Lucky and Ize Iyamu with Oshiomhole. When Oshiomhole pleaded for the Esama and Lucky to return to APC and he would give the gubernatorial ticket of APC to Iyamu, the Igbinedions quickly corrected him that,they were never members of ACN/APC but only supported him and sponsored him to be governor out of their love for Edo state. They said Oshiomhole should also stop making the mistake of tying Ize Iyamu’s political dependence on the Igbinedions. It is not so. Ize Iyamu is actually the one that is a core politician whom once in a while the Igbinedions looked up to for political guidance and not the other way round. The Esama further revealed that he is not happy with Oshiomhole for spiting him constantly to score political points. It is his high regard for Ogbemudia that convinced him to come for this reconciliatory meeting. Pastor Ize Iyamu who was himself present at the meeting hugged Oshiomhole and thanked him for still thinking so high of him. He however politely declined the offer to return to APC. His reasons are that,he is not the one in charge of his political decisions. It is the Edo people. He is not the one rejecting APC but the Edo people are the ones decrying the hardship imposed callously on them by the party they invested so much trust and goodwill in.They have already programmed him to run under the PDP platform and he cannot change parties at the eleventh hour. PDP have given him the utmost political hospitality,acceptance and accommodation that APC that he helped formed never gave him. If he decides to betray such a party,he might as well kiss politics goodbye. He however promised to continue to respect Oshiomhole and accord him his leadership status even after he leaves office. Oshiomhole on his part released an unexpected bombshell: ” I know that Edo people have chosen you to be their next governor. I can no longer exert myself to fighting that. I am not happy that you will be a governor with the PDP tag but I am relieved that you are going to be a governor I cannot call an opponent but a friend and political associate” Some champagnes were popped and promises to end political skirmishes extracted from the parties by Dr Ogbemudia. The meeting ended at about 1pm on the 3rd day of March,2016.
(1) This move by Oshiomhole though politically motivated is however commendable. I also commend the Esama for his maturity. I am particularly pleased about pastor Ize Iyamu’s polite refusal to be bribed to dump PDP. My worry is this. The Igbinedions and Ize Iyamu can be trusted to maintain peace as we all know that,they have never gone out of their way to provoke Oshiomhole. But can we say the same thing about Oshiomhole. We all know that the microphone controls his tongue. The first mic that comes to his mouth will definitely put this Ogbemudia peace accord to nought,trust me on this.
(2) It appears that from this meeting,Dr. Ogbemudia’s search for a philosopher-King as governor is over. He had Ize Iyamu on his mind all this while.
(3) This meeting has clearly rendered the APC aspirations to produce the next governor of Edo state perfunctorily ineffective. They will be participating in the exercise without Oshiomhole’s full commitment.
Political intrigues for you.