The relatives of Godwin Obaseki, the governor of Edo State, has reportedly endorsed Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as their preferred candidate for the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state.
By their actions, they have decided to back an outsider rather than their own who is currently seeking re-election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The endorsement, according to Sun Newspapers, took place at the private residence of the Mr Ize-Iyamu in the state capital and was led by Victor Obaseki, said to be the governor’s cousin.
“I am here today in company of my cousins to support Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu,” Obaseki said.
“Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki, the executive governor, is our cousin. Generally, the Obasekis have their own way of doing things; we are a different branch of faith, we are supporting our brother, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu with an unalloyed support fully for him.
“I have supported him before, and I would continue to support him, we would do all our campaigns for him without let or hindrance, fully from the bottom of our hearts”, he said.
Responding, the APC candidate expressed his gratitude to his visitors, whom he said, have been close to him for a long time.
“Let me thank you for the endorsement. I have known some of you for many years and I am very happy that politics has not strained our relationship,” Ize-Iyamu said.