He said Oshiomhole had wanted to quit the race when he saw that he did not have a chance, they, including Chief Tom Ikimi fought for him.
Speaking at his party's flagging-off campaign in Edo North Senatorial District in Auchi, he said Oshiomhole had wanted to quit the race when he saw that he did not have a chance, but he alongside Chief Tom Ikimi, fought for him.
Ize-Iyamu said when the zone wanted to produce the next governor after the expiration of Chief Lucky Igbinedion's tenure, they ensured that the position was not zoned to Edo North.
“I challenge any Edo APC leader who can say that they influenced the governorship seat to Edo North. Certainly none of them. I stand among the first three, who said it must be Edo North," he said.
“Let me say that when your son, Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole came, he had toured many political parties. He first went to the PDP; he went to ANPP and from there to the Labour Party. And from the Labour Party, he came to us to say; please help me so that I can become the first governor from the Edo North. And I said we would help you.
“Let me testify that Adams Oshiomhole did not bring a Kobo to become the governor of Edo State. He may deny this; he may deny his people. On election day, he called me to say that rigging was too much in Edo North and that he was returning to Benin to address a press conference that he was withdrawing from the race.
“I told him that he cannot do that no matter what is happening. I told him to wait, and we will fight the battle. We fought the battle and eventually, Adams Oshiomhole became the governor of Edo State," the governorship aspirant said.
Ize-Iyamu, however, said after eight years of Oshiomhole's governance, no functional hospital in Edo North, adding that the only hospital does not have an x-ray machine to even diagnose the nature of an ailment.
He said the people have no drinking water, let alone industries, despite being blessed.