By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—A GOVERNORSHIP aspirant of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State, Osaro Onaiwu, yesterday called on the leadership of the party to call one of the aspirants of the party, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu to order, saying that his alleged denigrating comments against other aspirants of the party were unacceptable.
According to him, “Ize-Iyamu made a comment which we have on tape which includes that, among all PDP governorship aspirants, he is the only one criticizing Governor Adams Oshiomhole. He claims to be the only person with the capacity to fight All Progressives Congress, APC, believing that other aspirants don’t have what it takes.
“But let me remind him, he said he has structures more than three of us during the last election. I am from the two Ovia. We were able to deliver the two constituencies for Omosede Igbinedion who won the House of Representatives election. Mathew Iduoriyekemwen is from Ikpoba Okhai, he was able to deliver E. J. Agbonayinma as a House of Representatives member today.
“Solomon Edebiri is from Uhumwonde, he delivered Uhumwonde’s votes. Pastor Ize-Iyamu is from Orhiomwon and our candidate, Larry Ogieva, lost the House of Representatives election. He could not deliver Larry in Orhiomwon. Urhoghide, who is a senator in Edo South, went to court because of Oriomnwon votes. So if he says he is the one who can win election, he should have delivered Orhiomwon for PDP.
“Also don’t forget that he is the only aspirant among the four of us who has changed his local government twice. He was operating in Oredo and has now moved to Orhiomwon. Is that the kind of person you want us to trust?”