Not deterred by the action of the Edo State government, the Oshiomhole faction of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state on Friday held a rally at the private residence of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu to receive him and other defectors from the opposition People’s Democratic party (PDP).
The rally was attended by APC chieftains loyal to Oshiomhole but Oshiomhole was absent at the rally.
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Police sources said Oshiomhole was ‘technically’ kept under house arrest as the police refused to allow him 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 formally welcomed Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu into the party and presented him and his supporters with a broom, which is the APC party symbol.
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”.
Addressing that rally, Pastor Ize-Iyamu debunked rumours that he was joining the APC to make trouble.
He said he has already joined the APC as required by party regulations at his Ugboko ward in Orhionnwon Local Government Area.
According to him, “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 hand of peace. We are not here (APC) to fight anyone. We have come to be your friends.”
Some chieftains that attended were Hon Pally Iriase, Raza Bello-Osagie, Tony Omoaghe, Victor Edoror, Dr. Pius Odubu amongst others.