AGENE GODWIN, Benin
THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the September 10, 2016 Edo State governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has vowed to probe the government of incumbent Governor Adams Oshiomhole if elected into office, declaring that every kobo accrued to the state must be accounted for.
The Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, pastor also encouraged Governor Oshiomhole to look at the eight years he, Ize-Iyamu, spent in office between 1999 and 2007 as Chief of Staff and Secretary to the State Government while he still has power to do so.
The PDP candidate, who said this in Uromi, Esan North East Local Government Area of the state when he took his gubernatorial campaign to the council, said it was high time the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Godwin Obaseki, started speaking for himself since he is the one contesting election and not Oshiomhole.
“The only person speaking in APC is Adams Oshiomhole. If the candidate he has brought is dumb, he should tell us so that we can arrange a sign language interpreter for him. We can also pray for him so that he will be able to speak.
“I call on Adams Oshiomhole to probe my time in government and look at everything that I did. Let him do it because by the grace of God, when I am governor, I will probe him. I will probe him; every kobo that has come to Edo State, must be accounted for. That is his fear; that is why he can no longer sleep.
“Adams Oshiomhole believes that the more he attacks, the more he can hide the truth. He should know that it is not by insulting Ize-Iyamu or Chief Anenih. Only recently in a Catholic Church, he met Chief Anenih and he apologized to him on the alter and asked him to forgive him. Days after, he was abusing Chief Anenih.
“He says Pastor Ize-Iyamu is bad; Ize-Iyamu is useless. When he appointed Pastor Ize-Iyamu Director General of his campaign, he didn’t know that time. When he made him national vice chairman of his party, he didn’t know then. Now that Ize-Iyamu has left him, Ize-Iyamu is suddenly bad.”
He said it was regrettable that Governor Oshiomhole has displayed hatred for the Esan nation and Uromi in particular, regretting that the governor refused to complete the Uromi Cassavita Factory he said had reached 94 per cent completion as at the time Oshiomhole took over as governor in 2008.
He added that the Oshiomhole administration was notorious for inflating contract sums, citing the example of projects at the newly established Edo University Iyamho (EUI) and the Benin Airport Road contracts as examples of highly inflated projects in the state.