Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has been declared the winner of the governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the September 19, 2020 Edo State election.
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is currently facing a N700 million money laundering charges with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Justice M.G. Umar of the Federal High Court sitting in Benin City, Edo State on March 2, 2020 adjourned the money laundering case brought against Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and four others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC until March 26, 2020.
The other four defendants are Lucky Imasuen, former Deputy Governor of Edo State; Chief Dan Orbih, PDP Chairman in Edo State; Tony Aziegbemi and Efe Erimuoghae.
Chairman of the Edo State APC governorship primary election panel and Governor of Imo State, Chief Hope Uzodinma, declared Ize-Iyamu winner of the direct primary on Monday.
According to Uzodinma, Ize-Iyamu defeated Pius Odubu and Osaro Obazee to clinch the party’s ticket.
Uzodinma gave the scores of the election as follows: Ize-Iyamu 27,388 votes while his rival, Pius Odubu, polled only 3,776 votes. No votes were entered for Osaro Obazee.
Said the Imo State Governor, “Ize-Iyamu, having scored highest in the primary election, is hereby returned candidate of the APC in the coming governorship election.”
The governorship primary election held across the 18 local government areas of the State peacefully and the exercise recorded large turnout of voters.
The election committee also ensured that voters complied with COVID-19 safety regulations especially maintaining social distance.