Former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole has apologised to Edo people for supporting Godwin Obaseki to become Edo State governor in 2016, describing it as a mistake.
Mr Oshiomhole told APC members in Benin on Sunday that he “sold a bad product” to the state in 2016.
Oshiomhole, a former governor of Edo, has been at loggerheads with Mr Obaseki, forcing the latter to leave for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after being denied APC’s backing for a second term in office.
“Obaseki is MoU (Memoranda of Understanding) governor, but Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is a man of God, who will ensure good governance in Edo State from November 12 this year,” Oshiomhole said.
“I have made my honest mistakes. Only God is perfect. I am now 68 years old. I have come to apologise for the mistake of supporting Obaseki in 2016. I am in Edo State to repair my mistakes.
“Obaseki has abused the trust of Edo people. With our permanent voter cards, we shall punish Obaseki on September 19. Ize-Iyamu will not repeat the mistakes of Obaseki. Ize-Iyamu will take Edo State to the next level.
“Obaseki pretended for almost eight years, while he did not believe in what I was doing as the governor.
“In 2007, Ize-Iyamu stepped down for me. In 2012, he was the director-general of my re-election campaign organisation and we won in all the 18 local government areas of Edo. I will work for the election of Ize-Iyamu.”