Central to their partial political reconciliation is the alleged inclination of both men for the aspiration of Mr. Godwin Obaseki to emerge as the governorship candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Governor Adams Osihomhole and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who fell out just after the governor’s re-election in 2012, have been partially reconciled by circumstances, leading political figures close to both men have claimed.
Several sources close to both men confirmed to News-sources that the two men are separately pushing for Obaseki, the chairman of the Edo State Economic Team to emerge as the candidate of the APC.
However, that is where both men seem to have reached a convergence, sources close to the governor revealed. Oshiomhole is pushing wholeheartedly for Obaseki to emerge as the candidate of the APC despite the reservation of some of his aides and members of his cabinet.
Ize-Iyamu, who is the leading aspirant in the PDP, is also said to be urging his friends working in the Oshiomhole government to prod him, (governor) to do more to ensure Obaseki triumphs in the forthcoming governorship primary this weekend.
Ize-Iyamu’s support for Obaseki a source told reporters is, however, self-centered as he believes that Oshiomhole’s favourite aspirant would be the easiest for him to beat in the main election. “You can’t believe it, Ize-Iyamu and I still talk from time to time and he is urging us to tell comrade not to relent in his support for Obaseki mainly because he and many of us know that Obaseki is no match for him,” the Oshiomhole associate and a top official of the Edo State Government told News-sources.