Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the recently conducted governorship election in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has debunked claims that he is under pressure from party leaders to accept defeat.
He stated this while reacting to a report in the newspapers, urging the various media agencies to desist from speculative reporting.
Ize-Iyamu, in a statement signed by his Director of Communication and Media, Mr. John Mayaki said, “I was shocked this morning when I saw reports saying I begged Obaseki to return to APC after the election. While immediately responding to it, another one emerged.”
He reiterated that he did not beg Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, to return to the APC after Saturday’s election.
“I will restate that I never begged him to return after the election. I deliberately did not reply when I saw all that rumour on the social media with people tagging me in them,” the APC candidate said.
“Now I saw another report in the media stating that APC leaders are mounting pressure on me to accept defeat. In all fairness to the National leadership of my party, they never mounted any pressure on me.
“So I wonder where their source got information from. The public reposes a lot of trust in the media for authentic information. What happens when this trust is betrayed?”
Meanwhile, Ize-Iyamu restated his earlier position that he had not yet made up his mind on the next step to take.
“I already tweeted that I am studying the result and consulting widely on my next line of action. Speculative reporting must be condemned,” he said.
“When I make up my mind, I will let my supporters know. For now, patience is what I implore. Not violence, not anger will help us now. Dignity will manifest in how we bounce back from this minor setback.”
Obaseki of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) secured 307,955 votes across 18 local government areas of the state to defeat the APC candidate who polled 223,619 votes.