The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has hailed his top contender in the September governorship election and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Governor Godwin Obaseki, on his 63rd birthday.
Ize-Iyamu in an online statement urged Obaseki to allow their campaign be devoid of rancour and violence stating that the people needs a governor who will help unify the state and bring the needed development to bear.
The APC candidate said: “By divine coincidence, we will be contesting again on different political platforms for the opportunity to lead our people and serve the state as governor. God appears to have arranged musical chairs for both of us, bringing me to APC, which I helped to form and on which platform you contested in 2016, and taking you to PDP, where I previously contested and where you have now expressed your preference. Let the will of God be done.
“I want to assure you that my wish is that we have a campaign devoid of rancour and violence. Edo people need a governor that will help to unify the state, douse the political tension and focus completely on the development of the state.
“As leaders, you and I, including other aspirants, have the opportunity and responsibility to make things better and ensure that our contest is marked by democratic values that drive high standards of behaviour. You have my best and sincerest wishes. Happy birthday.”