Patriot Ailemen Osaretin Aluhumele
An infamous quote, popularly credited to Former Governor Com. Adams Oshiomhole within the Edo political space for his historic critique of prominent 2016 Edo governorship candidates Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu and Gov. Godwin Obaseki.
Com. Oshiomhole who prides himself an excellent judge of character, expressed his knowledge of the two gubernatorial candidates during the 2016 electioneering campaign, told voters in Edo state voluminous attributes of both distinguished personalities and in the course of this exposition, we would be reviewing each political personality differently based on the provisions of His excellency Com. Adams Oshiomhole and the composition of the 2020 gubernatorial campaign committee of both candidates.
First on the scale of justice is the 2016 PDP gubernatorial candidate, now APC governorship candidate for the 2020 Edo gubernatorial election, Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu.
Mr. Ize Iyamu has had a rough history with his current benefactor Com. Oshiomhole, who has said so much about the character and personality of Mr. Ize Iyamu, most of which are unprintable due to their gravity, but for the sake of fading memories, some of these weighty accusations are hereby outlined to refresh the memory of the Edo people.
In 2016, Com. Adams Oshiomhole during a Channels television interview, accused Mr. Ize Iyamu of been an unrepentant liar, a personality trait not befitting a man of God, he further mentioned that Mr. Ize Iyamu ungodly disposition made him exclude the said Mr. Ize Iyamu from notable government functionaries, as he could not trust Mr. Ize Iyamu with public funds.
Com. Adams Oshiomhole on numerous occasions has accused Mr. Ize Iyamu of unconventional behaviors during his days as a student in the University of Benin, where Mr. Ize Iyamu was said to have committed various atrocities, prominent among them was a case of Mr. Ize Iyamu invoking the “Operation wetie” on a fellow student, by pouring undiluted acid on the victim, thereby leading to his expulsion from the University in 1984.
Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu is an embattled man, although most of his personality crisis were inflicted by his current benefactor Mr. Adams Oshiomhole , but what does the law say about Mr. Ize Iyamu, according to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, Mr. Osagie Ize Iyamu has been indicted for Financial fraud, concerning a 700 million naira campaign fund, meant for the campaign organization of Former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. Osagie Ize Iyamu has been arraigned severally in court and even though the Nigerian federal constitution restrains the likes of Mr. Ize Iyamu from contesting any political office due to his fraud indictment, Mr. Osagie Ize Iyamu has been accepted as the gubernatorial flag bearer of the All Progressive Congress for the September 19th 2020 governorship election.
Travel with wolves and you will learn to howl (complain), but travel with eagles and you learn to soar (succeed), we have looked at the man “Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu” through the eyes of Com. Adams Oshiomhole and we have seen who he truly is, now is the time to examine his friends and the company that he keeps, the pivot point of this analysis is based on the recent inauguration of the APC campaign committee, however not to bore esteemed readers, the chairman and a few worthy members of the campaign committee will be x-rayed.
Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, popularly known by his alias “Gandollar”, Mr. Ganduje is the Executive governor of Kano state since 2015 and has been chosen as the chairman of the Edo state APC campaign council. Mr. Ganduje’s corrupt reputation precedes him, he was indicted and exposed in October 2018 by some contractors in various videotaped positions collecting bribes, which prompted the title Gandollar by the Nigerian public, because these bribes were paid in US dollar currency.
Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu, a senator of the federal republic of Nigeria, former governor of Abia state, Kalu was found guilty by a Lagos state Federal High court for defrauding the Abia state government to the tune of 7.65 billion naira during his time as governor of Abia state and was sentenced to a 12 years jail term on December 5th 2019, although he has been released since 8th May 2020, a lot of Nigerians still feel he should be behind bars and all his properties confiscated.
Babachir Lawal, former secretary to the government of the federation is an household name in modern Nigeria politics, renowned for his role in the grass cutting scandal, which led to his removal as SGF and earned him the nickname “The grasscutter” is a member of the Edo APC campaign council and friend to Mr. Osagie Ize Iyamu.
Gen. Charles Airhiavbere, a retired Nigerian army officer, at different times governorship aspirant in Edo state, Gen. Charles is a member of the Edo APC campaign council and close associate with Mr. Ize Iyamu, it is however interesting to know that Gen. Charles as he is popularly called is alleged to have diverted the sum of 5 million US dollars meant for the procurement of defense equipment in the Nigerian armed forces within the period of 2007 to 2015 to an offshore account and we wonder why terrorism still strives in the country?
However, the list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the chief amongst Mr. Ize Iyamu’s friends and very close associates Comrade Adams oshiomhole, Mr. Oshiomhole was governor of Edo state for 8 years and national chairman of the APC for 2 years until his unceremonious removal in June 2020.
So many corrupt charges are leveled against the one time labour leader, ranging from extortion of governors and aspirants during the build up to the 2019 general election to misappropriation of party funds, but non can be compared to the stormwater project scanda, Edo University, Iyamoh ownership scandal, the Benin central hospital scandal that were leveled against Mr. Oshiomhole while he was governor of Edo state.
In conclusion, the Edo people must take a good look at the issues raised by Com. Adams Oshiomhole concerning Mr Osagie Ize Iyamu as discussed in this article and make comparison with the submissions of same Com. Adams Oshiomhole as regards Gov. Godwin Obaseki in the next article soon to be published and draw up conclusions for themselves.
To follow and vote Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu or support and re-elect Gov. Godwin Obaseki for a second term?