Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole has challenged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the September 10th general election, Pastor Osagie Ize-iyamu and former governor of the state Lucky Igbinedion, to a road walk.
The Governor asked Ize-iyamu to account for the sum of N1.7 billion tax-payers’ money for erosion control at teachers’ house and the dredging of Ikpoba river in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of the state during the Lucky Igbinedion administration.
He said an additional N1:9billion was appropriated by Ize-Iyamu to dualize Okada township road in Ovia North East Local which he said was completed on papers, but abandoned by the previous government.
Oshiomhole dropped the hint at the official flag off of Edo state 2016 All Progressives Congress Governorship Campaign held at Samuel Ogbemudia stadium in Benin City.
He also challenged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to fasten their investigation in prosecuting actors involved in the Dansukigate fund, including Pastor Osagie Ize-iyamu, with a view to bring the alleged culprits to book.
“They awarded contract led by Ize-Iyamu as a Pastor, they said they want to dualize that road from Okada junction to their own village, Okada town. Instead of building University for Edo state with Edo peoples money, they built private University for themselves.
“With Ize-iyamu as the Chief Operating Officer, they channelled your money to Ikpoba river. Just like the same way a military Airforce Officer under Jonathan carried money and kept it in a soak away pit.
“They (Ize-iyamu and others) took the money to Ikpoba river and said they were dredging. The dredger turns dredge. Yesterday (Friday); I was going through their list of roads, In the books, which I will publish soon, they did pay money for the dredging of teachers’ house.
“They spent N1.7 billion for the first phase. Anytime, they were broke, they will say teachers’ house and spend N2 billion. Over the period, only God knows how many billions they spent. When the people ask why the more money you, more erosion you get. They said, Ah, the problem of teachers’ house na mammy water. Even if we can’t punish them, God will punish them”, he said.
Imo state Governor and Chairman of APC Governors’ forum, Owelle Rocha’s Okorocha who led other governors, said they were in the state to endorse the Candidacy of Godwin Obaseki, the Edo state 2016 APC Governorship Candidate.
He said the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari marked the extinction of PDP, adding that the main opposition party will never toil with the goodwill of Edo people.
On his part, the APC Governorship standard bearer, Godwin Obaseki, promised to create 200, 000 jobs and consolidate as well as sustain the legacies of Governor Oshiomhole.
High point was the presentation of APC party flag to Godwin Obaseki and Philip Shaibu, his running mate as well as the defection of some PDP members, led by Samson Esemuede, former PDP Chairman in Oredo Local Government Area of the state.