After months of speculations and denials, the 2016 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate and Director General Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organization in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu eventually abandoned the party yesterday and returned to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
He announced his resignation from the PDP at a gathering of loyalists in his Benin City home.
Part of the reasons given by Ize-Iyamu and his supporters for leaving the PDP, amongst other things, was the political wrangling and demise of internal democracy in the party.
He said the present leadership of Edo PDP had lost its political direction, and that, all attempts to suggest ways of redirecting the fortunes of the party were resisted by the leadership of PDP.
Ize-Iyamu and others who decamped with him equally gave as reason, the suspension of “top leaders of the party on spurious allegations”, which in his opinion were undemocratic and responsible for the low morale of members.
Ize-Iyamu explained that his action was not to give room for speculation or give wrong impression. He said himself and supporters were not leaving PDP in anger or with bitterness but to achieve their objective in politics.
“Many people have different reasons for being in politics but for most of us in this group we see politics as an opportunity to represent our people, we see it as an opportunity to access government and bring the dividends, the benefits of government to our people and we cannot be fulfilled if we play politics without being able to achieve these goals.
“We want to assure our brothers there that we are not coming to a strange place. APC is home to many of us just like PDP was home. We are going into the APC with good intentions. We are not going there to join factions. We are going to join APC.
“We are going there to help strengthen the party and we intend to give our full allegiance to those in charge, those in authority. We will not undermine the powers that be. We will not join in any fight or name calling but we have come with the best of intentions.” The former Secretary to Edo State Government, during Chief Nosakhare Igbinedion administration explained.
It will be recall that Midwest Herald exclusively reported an alleged private meeting Ize-Iyamu had with Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, APC national chairman on September 5, 2019 to negotiate for his return.
The move, Midwest Herald reported was due to the dilemma faced by pro Oshiomhole group because of the unwillingness of those approached to wrestle the APC gubernatorial ticket from Obaseki.
We added that the scenario might change drastically and the muddy APC political waters becoming muddier “if the alleged discussions sailed through between Oshiomhole and the 2012 Director General of his reelection campaign, Mr. Osagie Ize-Iyamu.”
The report went ahead to say that: “…a source informed Midwest Herald late Thursday (September 5) afternoon of a private meeting between the two politicians in Oshiomhole’s Benin City home.”
We went further and revealed that “Midwest Herald gathered that the National Chairman received the 2016 Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate with a general feeling of forebodness.
However, when Midwest Herald contacted the the former Secretary to Edo State Government, he denied visiting Oshiomhole, but explained that his meeting with him was by chance.
He explained that the only contact he had with Oshiomhole was at the VIP lounge in Benin City where he was offered a free ride by the APC National Chairman in his private jet.
“I was offered a seat in his plane to Abuja and on arrival, I went my separate way.” Pastor Osagie explained.
Now that Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has made a volte-face, the political dynamics in PDP and APC is recalibrated, as predicted in our earlier story, especially amongst the pro Oshiomhole aspiring politicians who were warming up to slug it out with Governor Nogheghase Obaseki in the APC primaries scheduled to hold first quarter of 2020.