…Jerry Gana-led faction vows to stop him, says he can’t be trusted
…Odubu demands refund of 3million naira given to Ize- Iyamu
Worried by the avalanche of court cases trailing the activities of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who has been cleared by Oshiomhole’s screening committee to contest for the gubernatorial ticket of the party in the state, has contacted leaders of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) to discuss his defection to the party.
THENEWSPANORAMA exclusively gathered that Ize-Iyamu shared his worries with his advisers and expressed fears over his chances to realise his ambition to become the next governor of Edo State given the many crises rocking the APC, and made worse by the Appeal Court’s ouster of Adams Oshiomhole as national chairman of the party.
The source who pleaded not to be named, said: “Initial talks with leaders of SDP have been been held but words from the Prof. Jerry Gana-led group of the SDP are not encouraging.
“The Gana-led group on receiving words that Ize-Iyamu would want to use the SDP as a vehicle to realise his age-long ambition, declared that the party will not accept Ize-Iyamu as its flag bearer in Edo State.
“According to the group, Ize-Iyamu cannot be trusted. He lacks integrity, he is a thief, a violent person and an Ogboni man. Other sins of Ize-Iyamu are that he is notorious for jumping ship and betraying people who invest in him.”
Within the APC, news of Ize-Iyamu’s defection to SDP in the coming days, barring last minute changes, has sparked outrage, especially among those who have invested in the Ize-Iyamu consensus candidate project, initiated by the sacked national chairman, Oshiomhole.
We gathered that Dr Pius Odubu who was among those that were forced to pay three million naira to support the Ize-Iyamu project has asked Oshiomhole to refund his money.
Other aspirants who were also compelled to cough out N3 million each, such as Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi, are warming up to lock horns with Oshiomhole and Ize-Iyamu for duping them of their resources.
Beyond the money spent, Odubu, it was learnt, is also furious over how Osaro Obazee came into the equation.
“Odubu who claims to be the major financier of Ize-Iyamu consensus project, is also furious because he wasn’t consulted before Osaro Obazee was added to the list of aspirants. He said he is tired of the endless surprises being sprung by Oshiomhole,” our source said.
The source added: “Ize-Iyamu’s latest move to dump the APC for SDP is a big blow to the pro-Oshiomhole faction of the APC and they are consulting with leaders of the party on the way forward.
Recall that Ize-Iyamu’s membership of the APC is currently being contested in the court and his claim of registering online is burdened by lack of proof. His fear of being thrown out of the party by the court necessitated his latest hobnobbing with leaders of the SDP, another party source explained.
Efforts by this reporter to seek Oshiomhole’s views with regard to Ize-Iyamu’s defection proved abortive as his phones were switched off. His associates said he was meeting with his lawyers on his sack, as at the time of filing this report.