Former Secretary to the Edo State Government, Osagie Ize-Iyamu has dismissed insinuation that he is defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC) to make trouble.
He stated this during his defection at his house after Police stopped the rally from holding at proposed Garrick Memorial school ground due to security concerns.
Undeterred by the action, the faction loyal to the chairman of the ruling party, Adams Oshiomhole held the rally at the private residence of Pastor Ize-Iyamu. Dignitaries present at the event include APC chieftains loyal to Oshiomhole but Oshiomhole was absent at the rally.
According to Police sources, Oshiomhole was ‘technically’ kept under house arrest as the police refused to allow him to go to the rally.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu and others were received into the APC by factional Chairman of the APC, Col. David Imuse (rtd) on Friday. He formally welcomed Ize-Iyamu into the party and presented him and his supporters with a broom, which is the APC party symbol.
Speaking after his official defection, he had already joined the APC as required by party regulations at his Ugboko ward in Orhionnwon Local Government Area.
“For those who are in doubt, the moment I made up my mind to join the APC, I went to my ward and I am proud to say I have registered in Ugboko ward in Orhionmwon local government area”.
“By the grace of God, APC will grow from strength to strength. We want to extend the hand of peace. We are not here (APC) to fight anyone. We have come to be your friends.”
Also speaking, Imuse stated that the coming of Ize-Iyamu and his supporters from the 18 local government areas would add value to the party.
”We are here to celebrate the homecoming of our brothers and sisters from the PDP who have come to add value to our party; not only to add value, they are coming to make our party grow from strength to strength so that we can win at all levels”.
Some chieftains in attendance include Pally Iriase, Raza Bello-Osagie, Tony Omoaghe, Victor Edoror, Dr. Pius Odubu amongst others.