It came as a rude shock when Governor Godwin Obaseki’s family on Saturday endorsed and pledged their support for the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, for the September 19 Edo governorship election.
This endorsement came from a group of Obaseki’s extended family members led by Victor Obaseki, a cousin to Governor Obaseki in an event which took place at Ize-Iyamu’s private residence in Benin City.
This has now added to the disappointment that have piling up for the PDP’s candidate, which had already seen numerous aides, appointees, and other government officials resigning their positions to back the APC candidate.
Victor Obaseki, while speaking at the meeting, admitted that although Godwin Obaseki is their brother, he would not be getting the support of the family.
According to him: “I am here today in company of my cousins to support Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
“Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki, the executive governor, is our cousin. Generally, the Obasekis have their own way of doing things; we are 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.”
On his part, Pastor Ize-Iyamu expressed delight at the support of the Obaseki family, stressing that this serves as a confirmation of the poor administration that Godwin Obaseki has been known for in Edo State for the past four years.
He also extoled the Obaseki family for not allowing sentiments to becloud their judgment in their support for who is right to lead Edo State in the next four years.
“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.
“It is true as Osaro said that far away in New York, I had the opportunity of meeting with him and other Edolites, where I shared my ambition. Osaro has been a good gentleman and humble man, and has always declared his support.
“He came out this morning to say, Godwin has not done well, and not because they answer the same surname, they would continue to support him and go through the very poor performance that we have seen in the past four years.
“They will not allow the sentiments or even deceit of brotherhood make them vote for somebody they know is not qualified for a position,” Ize-Iyamu said