By Prince Ovbiebo Smith
It is no longer news that the wife of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who was recently made a Professor in UNIBEN was forced by circumstances to join his campaign train, therby abandoning her dental medical practice in Abuja and Benin. Before the celebration of her birthday last year, her husband had maintained a good relationship with the Governor of Edo State, who roundly defeated him in the 2016 governorship election. As it is the usual style of the political pastor, who is a part-time minister of the Redeem Christian ministry, he started asking for financial favours from the governor of Edo State, after he lost at the Supreme Court. The height of these favours was when he asked the Governor to financially support the birthday celebration of his wife last year. It is rumoured that the Edo State Government assisted Pastor Ize-Iyamu with over #5 million to organize his birthday and that of his wife, which lasted for three days in Benin. Both the Governor and his deputy attended the birthday celebration. It was later gathered that it was a strategy by Ize-Iyamu to get the attention of his estranged political Ally, Adams Oshiomhole.
The reason for the physical assault
Two months after the birthday celebration, Pastor Ize-Iyamu began secret negotiations with Adams Oshiomhole, the former APC national Chairman for him to assist the EPM to create a proper faction of the APC in Edo State. This was because of the overwhelming control the Governor had over the APC party structure in Edo. It was agreed that Pastor Ize-Iyamu would travel to America under the guise of an annual vacation with his family, where the representative of Oshiomhole will discuss the fine details with him. Henry Idahagbon, one of the conveners of the EPM was to travel to London and secretly join Pastor Ize-Iyamu in the US. To avoid any leakage of the discussion, Pastor Ize-Iyamu was advised to stay in a very discreet location in the US. It was agreed that one Dr. Edosomwan who is the younger brother of Charles Edosomwan SAN, a member of Oshiomhole’s legal team will accommodate Ize-Iyamu during the visit. The deal was sealed, and it had inputs from Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu who sent in a representative. It was agreed that in return for the support, Pastor Ize-Iyamu was to give Oshiomhole and the EPM, he will be given the governorship ticket of the APC. This deal became imperative, after Ize-Iyamu’s financier, Captain Hosa Okunbor declined the request from Oshiomhole for him to run for Governor. It was Captain Okunbor who bank-rolled the American trip of Ize-Iyamu.
After Ize-Iyamu returned to Nigeria, he began holding physical meetings with his supporters in the PDP trying to woo them into joining him to leave the party and join forces with his new allies in the EPM. When his Professor wife got to know of the defection plan of the pastor, she confronted him in the presence of his PA, Baron Mike. She reminded him of the financial favours he has been getting from the Edo State government, particularly the role the governor played during her birthday, and the promise personally made by her husband to support the re-election of the governor in 2020. This infuriated Pastor Ize-Iyamu, which made him to slap his wife in the presence of his PA. He didn’t just slap her, he pushed her to the ground and wanted to kick her, but suddenly realised that his PA was there. Though he warned his PA not to let anyone know of that incident, but as they say in life, “walls have ears”.
In pacifying his wife, Pastor Ize-Iyamu promised to do everything with his connection at the national level to ensure that she emerges as the next Chief Medical Director of UBTH. He also promised to make her lead the female wing of the gubernatorial campaigns of the APC, if he gets the ticket. A meeting was arranged for her to visit the mother of Oshiomhole, in order to receive the blessings of the matriarch, who hitherto was the ceremonial head of the female wing of the EPM.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu may be a bible-carrying clergy-man, but his past history of violence is still resident in him. His secret liaison with women, whenever his wife travels to Abuja for her medical practice will be the subject of my next piece.