Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu

A report claims President Muhammadu Buhari has invited Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate to the presidential villa for discussion ahead of the flag-off of the party’s governorship campaign in Benin City, the Edo state capital.

According to This Day newspaper, Ize-Iyamu has already arrived in Abuja for the meeting with the president.

He was also reported to have held discussions with the national campaign council for the Edo state governorship election in Abuja on Monday night, August 3. Ize-Iyamu reportedly held meetings with the national campaign council for the Edo state governorship election in Abuja.

The report also stated that leaders of the APC including Bola Tinubu; the president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan; members of the National Assembly; all governors elected on the platform of party and other top leaders of the party are expected to flag-off of the party’s governorship campaign in Edo state on Saturday, August 8.

A source who was cited in the report said the president will not be at the rally because of COVID-19 protocol, but will be represented by a top government official. “President Muhammadu Buhari will not be at the rally. You know he has drastically reduced his public functions in the past few months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But he will be represented by a senior government official.

And the president has also invited Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu for a meeting ahead of the scheduled rally,’’ the source was quoted saying. Meanwhile, Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, has dismissed a petition against him sent to the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission (ICPC).

The petition was sent by one Andrew Egboigbe, who is said to be a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ward 3, Orhionmwon local government area of Edo state.

In the petition, Egboigbe accused Governor Obaseki of unfair award of contracts to companies. Responding, Governor Obaseki’s spokesman, Crusoe Osagie, described the allegation as false, saying it was a feeble attempt to tarnish the image of the Edo state governor. He said the APC is threatened by Obaseki’s popularity ahead of the governorship election in the state.

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