The Edo State PDP governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has urged the Edo people to remain focused and refuse to be provoked by the tricks and devious plans of the All Progressives Congress (APC), advising the electorate to remain resolute in their determination to kick out the APC from the state in the coming election.
The Media Unit of Ize-Iyamu campaign organisation stated this yesterday while reacting to a press statement credited to the Director-General of the Godwin Obaseki Campaign Organisation, Mr Osarodion Ogie, who accused PDP of planning to create tension and possible mayhem in the state ahead of the September 28, 2016, governorship election.
Describing the APC governorship campaign organisation as a consistent liar, Ize-Iyamu campaign organisation said that its candidate would not be distracted by the “senseless alarm,’’ of Obaseki campaign organisation, saying the organisation had succeeded in revealing its evil plot against the people of Edo State.
“We are used to APC’s ungodly strategy; when their leaders are plotting evil against the people they will be the first to raise the alarm against themselves. The people are now used to their tactics; unfortunately, it is too late for them, and the people will punish them in the coming election,’’ Ize-Iyamu campaign organisation stated.
“As Head of Economic Team of Edo State Government for over seven and a half years, Godwin Obaseki was seen as the brainbox of Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole-led government. The governor himself had admitted that many times. When the government was sworn in nearly eight years ago, the hope of the average Edo people was justifiably raised to the zenith.
“As former President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, many had believed that one of their own—-Oshiomhole, who knows exactly how things should work, had been thrown up by providence as governor. But, today, those high hopes have far dimmed—-as depression and hunger have been the lot of many Edo people.
“The local debt profile of Edo State under Oshiomhole-led APC government, has galloped from N4 Billion in 2007 to over N700 billion in 2016, plus $242million foreign debt.
“Insiders in the government had said that the road and school rehabilitation, which would have been to the credit of the Oshiomhole administration, had been turned to channels for looting the state blind. For example, they said the Airport Road, a non-coastal road, was constructed at N1.5 billion per kilometre—a road without a single bridge.’’
The Ize-Iyamu campaign organisation added that Edo State’s Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) had been turned into a cesspool of fraud and corruption where mere rehabilitation of a classroom block costs as much as N500 million; while local government councils and pensioners are currently being owed 12 to 18 months salaries.