By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—A chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize- Iyamu, has apologised to Edo people for being in the fore-front of those who brought Governor Adams Oshiomhole to contest the governorship election in 2007 under the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN.
Meanwhile, barely 24 hours after he was relieved of his position as Executive Director (Community Development) by Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Mr. Faustine Ovienroba, yesterday, defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
He cited the non-construction of the road leading to his community as well as the erosion menace in the area as promised by the state government when he had earlier left the PDP for the APC, as reasons for returning to the PDP.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu who is also the state Coordinator of the Jonathan Re-Election Campaign Organisation, who tendered the apology at Okuokhu, in Ovia North-East Local Government Area of Edo State, where leaders of the PDP went to receive Mr. Ovienroba, who had left the APC for the PDP, said the apology became necessary because the governor had turned truth upside town.
He said: “Edo people should forgive me for being one of those in the forefront that brought Mr. Oshiomhole to be the governor of the state. We now know who he is. Therefore, in the coming elections, Edo people should not repeat the mistake of the past.
“When I remember how we brought in Oshiomhole to contest the 2007 governorship election, I weep because we brought in a bad thing.”
State Chairman of the party, Chief Dan Orbih, while receiving Ovienroba and his supporters, accused the state government of allegedly spending the sum of N11.6 million to “buy drinks” for Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and wondered how Buhari, who is a Muslim, would be bought alcohol.