The crisis rocking the Edo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has taken an unexpected turn.
According to reports, Osagie Ize-Iyamu has been chosen as the gubernatorial candidate of the ruling party in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
Ize-Iyamu, a pastor, had in the past contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2016 – before he later defected to the APC.
He was said to have been selected after the party’s stakeholders reached a consensus late on Tuesday in Abuja.
The announcement was made following a meeting of the screening committee of the party in Edo.
Godwin Obaseki, incumbent governor of Edo, is a member of the APC and he is also seeking re-election.
However, his protracted face-off with Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the APC, has greatly affected his bid to return for a second term in office.
Obaseki and Oshiomhole were once close allies, with the latter famously backing the governorship ambition of the incumbent Edo governor.
Years into his tenure as governor, Obaseki and Oshiomhole fell out and began to trade words and accusations in the media.
Despite several attempts by various parties to reconcile them, both politicians have remained at loggerheads.
Their rift has fragmented and factionalised the Edo state chapter of the APC, with loyalists pitching tents with both men.
Now that the screening committee of the APC in Edo has chosen Ize-Iyamu as the guber candidate, all eyes will now turn to Obaseki in anticipation of his next move.