•You will go to jail – Gov
•Obaseki gets royal endorsement
By Gabriel Enogholase
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the September 10, Edo State governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has vowed to probe incumbent Governor Adams Oshiomhole if elected into office, declaring that every kobo that accrued to the state must be accounted for. The Redeemed Christian Church of God pastor also asked Oshiomhole to look at the eight years he 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.
But Oshiomhole said the candidate may be in jail before having the opportunity to probe him. Ize-Iyamu, who spoke 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.
“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,”the PDP candidate said.
“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 altar 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 the D-G 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.”
Reacting, yesterday, Oshiomhole described as laughable the Ize-Iyamu threat. Oshiomhole said, “Ize-Iyamu will first of all vomit the N1.2billion he allegedly collected from the former NSA ahead of the 2015 polls and then go to jail before he can probe me”. Speaking when the Edo APC governorship candidate, Godwin Obaseki, visited Fugar for a rally, the governor added. “Ize-Iyamu and his associates have confessed that they collected N700 million and N500million ahead of the elections.
“They go to Port Harcourt every day to visit EFCC. Today, he and his associate are living in fear. But they must return the money. They must be prosecuted like Metuh and others. “That money given to them was meant for defence, for roads. For ten years they ruined the state but in seven and a half years we have worked. Who was the Chief of Staff to the PDP government that undeveloped Edo State? Ize-Iyamu. Who was the SSG and PA to Igbinedion? Ize-Iyamu.”
Meanwhile, the Okumagbe of Weppa-Wano, HRH Dr. George Oshiapi Egabor, has urged his people to support Obaseki,saying that “Oshiomhole brought him and said he is a good man, we believe he is, because APC has worked for our people, so we will support you so that the development we are witnessing will continue
Obaseki, yesterday, promised that, if voted into power, his administration will re-open the Leventis Farm in Weppa-Wano, in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo which was abandoned years ago. He said his administration will expand the curriculum of the College of Agriculture, Agenebode to include aqua science, due to its access to River Niger, adding that exploiting the agricultural potentials and its access to River Niger will be his major focus in creating employment opportunities in the area.
Obaseki spoke during the rally at Agenebode and Fugar, Etsako Central Local Government Area. The APC candidate, who was introduced to the mammoth APC supporters by Oshiomhole and the state chairman of the party, Anslem Ojezua, lamented that the PDP destroyed infrastructures in Edo until the coming of the current government which “has laid a solid foundation for development and we are going to continue from there.”