The former Secretary to the Edo State Government, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has declared his intention to defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ize-Iyamu, the PDP candidate in the 2015 governorship election in Edo State who confirmed the move in a telephone interview with TRIBUNE Online yesterday said that he decided to yield to pressure from his supporters who have persistently pleaded with him to “return home.”
The former South-South zonal vice-chairman of the APC who is presently in Abuja to strategize his declaration said that he succumbed to pressure from his supporters because of the disarray within the rank of the opposition party.
He said that having done his best to reconcile the warring parties within the PDP without success, he decided to call it quit and was fully set to join the APC.
He said that he was in Abuja to meet with the top leadership of the party so as to perfect the plan for the defection which will take place at a grand rally to be held in the Edo State capital.
Ize-Iyamu, however, maintained that as a founding member of the Action Congress (AC) which metamorphosed to the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and later the APC following the merger of several parties, he was merely returning home and not defecting.
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