The prominent Obaseki family in Edo State has endorsed the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Osagie Ize-Iyamu ahead of the September 19 polls.
Mr Ize-Iyamu got their endorsement at a meeting held on Saturday.
“This morning, I received the endorsement of the prominent Obaseki family at a meeting led by Mr. Osaro and Victor Obaseki,” Ize-Iyamu wrote on Twitter.
“Like the governor’s aides and appointees, members of his family agree he has failed Edo people and doesn’t deserve re-election.”
He quoted the family saying: “Generally, the Obasekis have their own way of doing things.
“The different branches of the Obaseki family, we are supporting our brother, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
“We will do all our campaigns for him fully, without let or hindrance.”
Ize-Iyamu said he was very grateful to them for their “courage and selflessness”.
“They have even gone ahead to produce and donate beautiful face caps as a demonstration of their love and support,” he added.
“It takes great love for state and the people to make such brave decision to sideline all sentiments and ties and back the better candidate.
“I’m not going to disappoint them and millions of Edo people at home and in the diaspora who daily reaffirm their support.”
The Obaseki family have their patriarch as the late Agho Obaseki a paramount chief in the Benin Empire in the 19th century.
Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki who is seeking re-election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is of the lineage.