The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has reacted to the endorsement of Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo governorship elections by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Obaseki in a statement on Friday through his Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Crusoe Osagie.
He said it was disappointing and a dilemma that Buhari could endorse Ize-Iyamu.
Obaseki said he sympathised with Buhari for endorsing Ize-Iyamu despite facing trial for corruption to the tune of N700m.
He said Buhari only endorsed Ize-Iyamu in the interest of APC.
The statement reads:
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday confronted with a dilemma of no mean proportion, to raise the hand of Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the APC in the September 19 gubernatorial election taking place in Edo State.
The President was constrained to carry out the action, which indeed was a dilemma.
We sympathise with the President, who reluctantly handed the APC candidate, the party’s flag and unveiled him behind closed doors.
President Buhari endorsed Ize-Iyamu for the September 19 governorship election in Edo state on Friday.
He handed over the APC flag to Ize-Iyamu after meeting with him and other APC party leaders.