A Group known as the Northern Professionals Platform in Edo State on Thursday canvassed support for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress(APC) Osagie Ize-Iyamu ahead of the September 19 election in the state.
A statement signed by the chairman of group, Abdallah Tureta and made available to newsmen in Benin, said “We Northern Professionals resident in Edo have resolved to throw our weight behind the gubernatorial candidate of the APC, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
“We are assuring him of our collective support to ensure his victory at the polls in September”.
Tureta commended the APC for appointing Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano State, as the Chairman of APC Campaign Council for Edo election.
“Our resolve to back the APC Candidate In Edo State Gubernatorial Election is in solidarity with Governor Ganduje appointed as the chairman of the campaign council .
“We came to understand that the wisdom behind Ganduje’s appointment as the Chairman of the Campaign Council is to make sure that no opportunity is left unattended to to win the election.
“His sophistication and skills in politics are acknowledged across board. We resolve to do this after our conviction that his leadership of the campaign council is an indication that APC is willing and ready to win the election.
“As somebody who has developed his state, both in human and infrastructure, Ganduje could also be a pillar in influencing the blueprint of how to move Edo State forward when our candidate wins which we are very hopeful that he would deliver.”
According to the Northern Professionals, “It is still fresh in our memories how President Muhammadu Buhari sometime last year, commended Governor Ganduje after becoming the best performing Governor for three consecutive months as then rated by the APC Progressive Governors Forum.
“This, among other things, are what informed the decision of the APC to appoint Ganduje to chair this Campaign Council for Edo Gubernatorial election.
“And we are sure that with our support and that of large chunk of Edo population, Ganduje is shouldering a sellable gubernatorial material”.
Challenging the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to come forward and showcase the feats they had achieved under their candidate, the group said “We understand that, it is because they don’t have anything to show, that is why they resolve to be attacking personalities wrongly.
“What we need is, what do you have to show to the world that these are your achievements?,”Tureta said.
According to him, it is extremely important to say that our support for Ize-Iyamu is largely because of the chairmanship of one of our performing governors from the North, in the person of Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State.