By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
Candidates of the Action Alliance (AA) and that of the Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD), Ishaka Paul Ofomile and Andrew Igwemoh, respectively, yesterday announcee their withdrawal from the September 28th 2016 governorship election in the state.
They however affirmed the the candidature of the Peoples Democratic Party Candidate in the election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Already, Candidates of the KOWA Party, Thompson Osadolor, and the People for Democratic Change (PDC), Bishop Akharame, had earlier stepped down Ize-Iyamu, bringing the number of Candidates who have forgoned their adopted the PDP to four political parties.
The Candidates of Action Alliance (AA) and that of the Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD), announced their resolution on Monday during a PDP rally held in Okpella, Etsako East Local Government Area in the state.
They noted that their decision to endorse Ize-Iyamu was an easy one, pointing out that the PDP candidate was fully prepared for the office he is seeking and offered the best hope for the state.
The ACD candidate, who is from Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s Iyamho community, pointed out that it would have been easy for him to align with the governor and the All Progressives Congress (APC), but the issue of who governs Edo State was not a “brotherly affair.”
Responding, Pastor Ize-Iyamu, alleged that the state governor, Adams Oshiomhole has abandoned Okpella despite the support given to him during his reelection in 2012.
“I want to assure you that we will not disappoint you. We will harness the huge mineral resources in Okpella. They have punished you for too long and you must punish them for abandoning you”, he said.