Osagie Ize-Iyamu, APC governorship candidate in Edo state has spoken up on his relationship with the former Governor and national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole, ahead of the forthcoming election in Edo state.
Osagie Ize-Iyamu stated that Oshiomhole is not his godfather but someone that works for him In an interview on Arise Television on Sunday August 23.
The governorship aspirant who noted that he is not new in politics, also recalled how he stepped aside for Oshiomhole during the governorship election in Edo state in 2007.
“In 2007, my people were urging me to become governor but I stepped aside for him because his area has never had a governor, he comes from Edo north.
“Where I come from, Edo southwest has had a governor. I just thought that well, for equity and fairness to prevail, it will be nice to make history. Of course, he has done so well as chairman of APC.
“So for somebody like me to now describe him as a godfather or say Oshiomhole is my god father… on what basis?. We have had history of big engagements, we have disagreed and agreed, so what you see is mutual respect.
“Yes, you can say he brought Obaseki but Obaseki is new, you can’t compare Obaseki to me. I was national vice chairman of ACN; I was one of those who crafted the constitution of APC. He did not live here even though he was born here, he came from Lagos, so he needed a godfather, he needed someone to guard him and bring him up.
“But for me, you are talking of an adult, there are so many people I have nurtured. All over the state, they see me as a leader.
“I have tremendous respect for my elders. I respect those who have excelled in various professions, even my juniors and the reality is that I was born to respect people and I will not disrespect anybody because I am governor. So when you say godfather, that is very far from it.
“Oshiomhole works for me , he’s campaigning with me because he is passionate about his party winning Edo State and you can’t take that away from him.”