Following allegations of his non-member of the All Progressives Congress in Edo State, a frontline contender in the forthcoming APC primaries, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has dismissed claims that he is not a member of the party, saying those disputing his membership of the party are only engaging in fruitless exercise.
He was reacting to a statement credited to some persons who claimed to be Chairmen of the 18 LGAs of Edo state purportedly challenging his membership of the party on the grounds that it fell short of the party’s constitutional requirements.
A statement signed by Mr. John Mayaki, the Director of Communication and Media to Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu Campaign Organisation said, Ize-Iyamu was one of those who formed the party.
“Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu was one of those who not only formed the APC but drafted the constitution of the party. It is quite unfortunate that many of these people don’t read; they have not sat down to even read the APC constitution.
“The APC, apart from being a progressive party was deliberately formed to be a mass organisation and one of the things those who drafted the APC constitution (including Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu) did was to make it easy for Nigerians, irrespective of who they are, to be able to join the party like the APC without people like these renegades trying to put hurdles in their way – politics is a game of number. Ideally, you would want to welcome people to your party.
“If you look at the constitution of the APC, article 9, you will find out that, unknown to them, you can go to your ward and register or you can even do online registration – the essence of this is to ensure that nobody is deprived”, Mayaki’s statement reads.
While stating that Governor Obaseki was nowhere to be found when Ize-Iyamu was amonge others putting the party together, Mayaki questioned rationale behind why such a man should be denied access to such party.
Mayaki said knowing well the requirements coming back to a party, his principal went to his ward at Orhiomwon local government to properly re-registered himself as a bonafide member of the APC.
He said, “When Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu among others were putting the party together, the Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, was not there and nowhere to be found; so how do you expect a man who should be a beneficiary of a house that he helped to build be stopped from gaining access into the house?
“However, knowing the rules, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu went to his ward chairman, Mr. Ogbebor in Ugboko ward in Orhiomwon to say himself among his teaming followers were coming back home, and he was given the party card. The party chairman brought him a party card and the day he was declaring, he raised up his card and said ‘gentlemen, what I am doing is just a mere ceremony’ but the truth about it is that he has actually gone to his ward to register, he openly tenderer his party card and they were shocked.”
“What these people don’t understand is that in the APC constitution, there is even an alternative – the online option and so, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu applied – nobody can quarrel with the online registration; he has the slip, the registration number, his name is on the portal of the party. Again, unknown to these renegades, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu does not really need to rely on that card because with his online registration, nobody can challenge his membership of the party. What they are doing is an exercise in futility.”