In a show of support for the candidate of the All Progressives
Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, leaders of various
non-governmental organisations, civil society organisations and
faith-based organisations, among others are organising what they called ‘mega summit’ in Benin City.
The summit, chaired by Professor Julius Ihonvbere, was attended by
distinguished dignitaries, NGOs, CSOs and bodies of the APC Campaign
Professor Ihonvbere, addressing the committee, said the campaign was a
season to reflect and focus on strategies for good governance, while
urging the committee to put all hands on deck towards winning the
September 19 election.
Meanwhile, former House of Representatives member, Hon Rasaq
Bello- Osagie, described the committee as a ground-clearing for the
APC gubernatorial candidate, Pastor Ize-Iyamu, adding that the current
government’s only programme was ‘memorandum of understanding’.
He also described Pastor Ize-Iyamu as a ‘Man of God’ with vision and humility.
Also at the summit was Pastor Ize-Iyamu, who listed the pressing
challenges of Edo State as security; education; lack of teachers and
poor infrastructure; and youth mass unemployment.
Analysing his SIMPLE agenda, he expressed dismay at the present
government’s failure to create the 200,000 jobs it promised, reasoning
that overall, the most pressing Edo crisis was bad leadership.
He regretted that the Edo State Central Hospital, built by Comrade
Adams Oshiomole’s government, had been privatised by Governor
That step, he added, had nurtured an Edo ‘apartheid system,’ of treating
only rich patients and abandoning the poor ones; while the old
hospital had been abandoned, and left in a dilapidated state with
In another development, Nollywood star and lawmaker at the Lagos State
House of Assembly, Hon Olusola Desmond Elliot, has called on the Edo
people to vote for the APC in the September 19 gubernatorial election.
He made the call at the APC ward rally in Anegbette, Etsako Central local
government area of the state.
He stated that APC is a party that fulfills promises and that
for the reconstruction of their roads and other amenities, the party
could be trusted to deliver.
The lawmaker also expressed confidence that Edo State and people would
be better for it, if they voted en masse for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu,
the APC candidate, as their governor.