The flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Osagie Ize-Iyamu, in the September 10, Edo governorship elections, got a boost yesterday, following his radiant performance at the gubernatorial debate organized by Channels Television between the candidates in the governorship race.
The debate saw candidates of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Godwin Obaseki; Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Osagie Ize- Iyamu; All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Osaro Onaiwu and Amos Areolegbe of the Labour Party (LP) slugging out in a robust debate, which had journalists and stake- holders in attendance.
In the debate, the various candidates assured the electorate that priority would be given to security of life and property in the state, with all expressing concern over the scary security situation in Edo.
One of the high-points during the debate was the moment Ize-Iyamu lambasted the APC alleging that the party plunged the state into disaster within the eight years of being power.
Ize-Iyamu stole the debate session by setting the atmosphere of the debate, with qualitative criticism of other candidates,
He lamented that the administration of Governor Oshiomhole had earned not less than N1.4trillion but still borrowed $150million from the World Bank.
He said: “This is a government that has got the privilege to have close to N1.4trillion and yet they have carried the state into high level of indebtedness. “In the past two years alone, they borrowed $150 million from the World Bank. Look at the exchange rate now, and that money is supposed to be paid back in dollars. And they say they have economic adviser. I believe this government has been a disaster.”
The PDP candidate ex- pressed disappointment that the Oshiomhole government had performed woefully, after he left the cabinet as Secretary to the State Government, in the first term.
However, Obaseki who was on the defensive, promised to consolidate on measures taken so far by the outgoing governor, Adams Oshiomhole, which he noted have helped to reduce crime in the state.
Meanwhile, Onaiwu maintained that his administration would lit up the streets, invest in neighborhood watch and the police, while Areloegbe, spoke in similar vein.