GOVERNORSHIP candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state, Mr Godwin Obaseki, flagged off his campaigns in Edo South senatorial district yesterday, with Governor Adams Oshiomhole calling on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the award of road contracts in Ovia North East and Ovia South west estimated at several billions of naira whenPastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu was Secretary to the state Government under Governor Lucky Igbinedion.
Oshiomhole who urged the people of the state not to vote a self-confessed cultist into power, also called on the EFCC to commence prosecution of Ize-Iyamu, who agreed to the EFCC that he collected N700m presidential money, asserting that he lacks the credibility to run for the governorship of this state.
Ize-Iyamu had in an online video interview disclosed how he was suspended from the University of Benin for being a member of the pirate Confraternity just as he denied being involved in the acid attack against one of the students of the university then.
However, Obaseki who addressed the mammoth crowd at the APC rally in Benin City, said unlike the PDP who acquired lands for themselves, his government will give land to farmers to cultivate, saying that with or without crude oil, Edo state will survive like a nation not a state.
Deputy Governor of the state, Dr Pius Odubu, who urged the Benins to embrace their son Obaseki, declared that “APC victory is non negotiable because the Comrade Governor has worked in the nook and cranny of Edo state therefore this is the time of punish PDP and vote Obaseki into power”.
Other leaders who spoke includes Chief Samson Esemuede who recently dumped the PDP for the APC, Charles Idahosa and state party chairman, Anslem Ojezua.
Vowing tor create jobs for the people of the state, Obaseki said “We will make sure we have a government that will use the money of the people for the people. So we will make sure that we will continue to run an open, efficient and responsible government. Edo people in the Diaspora send more money to Edo than we spend in our budget, it tells you how well our people are doing all over the world.
“We have more interests in ensuring that the people of Edo state is one in which the people come first. We want to take sure that our people are economically strong and the way to do it is to attract investment, industries. We will create jobs and the minimum we will do in the first four years is 200, 000 jobs”.
“My priority will be women empowerment. Two months ago we gave micro loans to 15, 000 women, during my tenure that number will increase significantly. I want to assure you that along with our wives, we will not disappoint you” he stated.
Oshiomhole who insisted that Ize-Iyamu will lose woefully in this election, narrated that “In the books of the Edo state government, Pastor Ize-Iyamu as SSG, he signed the minutes where they claimed billions of contracts to dualize the road from Okada junction to Okada town, they even claim to have graded internal roads in Okada town. Today, they collected that money in full but the job was never done and the EFCC has not investigated that job.
“It will have to be investigated. Now that the new IG is investigating the death of Harry Marshal, and Bola Ige, EFCC must come back and investigate all the jobs which Ize-Iyamu and co claimed to have done which they did not do, I will show them the records, the location and they will see for themselves how much was taken and nothing was done. I have the signature and minutes where they claimed to have awarded the Siluko road and Teachers House. Any time they were broke they will say further amendment to the contract.
“Altogether, Ize-Iyamu and co took billions of naira in the name of solving the flood problem at teachers house but the job was never done. Inspite of their monumental crime against the people of the state, they privatize the resources of the state. I will challenge them whether they carry the genuine Bible or not. with Ize-Iyamu as Chief of Staff to Lucky Igbinedion, the very first executive action that took in 1999-2000, was to dismiss all the serving Permanent Secretaries in Edo state, whether they were in Edo Central, North or South.”