Emmanuel, who represented the South-South PDP governors, said the party was ready to reclaim the state from the All Progressive Congress, APC, and keep the region as a stronghold of the PDP.
He said doing so would deliver dividends of democracy and engender steady growth and development in the oil-rich region. According to him, only the PDP can find an antidote to the economic woes of Nigeria which has made life difficult for the hapless masses.
The Governor described Ize-Iyamu, who is a pastor, as a credible candidate who will reposition Edo State.
Earlier, Ize-Iyamu announced a former chairman of Esan North Local Government Area, John Yakubu, as his running mate. He expressed gratitude to God and PDP supporters for the opportunity given him to fly the ticket of the party, saying the party was blessed with leaders who can change the fortune of the state.