Edo North Council of Imams has announced its total support for the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his running mate, Mallam Gani Audu, ahead of the September 19, 2020, election.
The council reached the decision at a meeting held in Auchi, Etsako West, Edo State, on Tuesday.
The Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Edo State, who doubles as Chairman, Muslim Support Committee, Edo APC Campaign Council, Sheikh (Prince) Suleiman Momoh in his welcome address disclosed the resolve of the Imams in Edo North to support the candidates.
He added that they were grateful to Allah for this favour in the person of Audu.
In her own remarks, wife of the deputy governorship candidate, Hajia Nana Gani Audu, said she and her husband were overwhelmed with the support and prayers from the Muslim community in the state.
“My husband and I are overwhelmed with the support and prayers we are getting from the Muslim community in Edo State and that alone is a big motivation for us,” she said.
Alhaji Yakubu Musa, also known as Yakson, also expressed the readiness of the Muslims to vote the duo of Ize-Iyamu and Audu.
The Secretary of Muslim Support Committee, Edo APC Campaign council, Comrade AbdulSallam Muhammad, who was also at the meeting, gave gratitude to Allah over the emergence of a Christian-Muslim ticket, a project he said the Muslims had longed for since the inception of democracy in 1999.
According to him, Edo has never produced a Muslim deputy governor over the years of democracy in the state. He noted that this is an ample opportunity for the Muslims to actualise that goal, hence the need for the Muslims to come out en masse to support and vote “their brother in faith, Mallam Gani Audu, who is not only a Muslim but a devoted Mallam.”
The meeting also had in attendance, the Chairman of the Imam council, Alhaji Musa Zekeriyya, Alhaji Suleiman Ukashat and other eminent Muslim personalities in Edo North.