Asks Obaseki to account for N6bn stadium renovation funds
By our correspondent
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo state, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu yesterday said he was confident of winning the September 19 governorship election in the state, but that he will not resort to violence even if he loses.
He also discredited the N6billion spent on the renovation of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, the state capital, by his opponent of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and current Governor of the state, Mr Godwin Obaseki.
Ize-Iyamu spoke in Abuja while interacting with newsmen after outlining his vision for Edo state as a governorship candidate, and presenting his programme of action branded ‘The Simple Agenda.’
He said his main purpose of seeking Edo governorship is to serve and deliver good governance, adding that it is not good for any aspiring leader to become desperate which can create the impression that he has a suspicious motive.
He said he will be magnanimous in victory, but that even if he loses, the worst he could do is to go to court to follow the due process of law. Resorting to violence should be the last thing any aspiring leader should do, he said.
He accused the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, campaign of instigating violence and turning round to blame it on the APC, when in actual fact their thugs were behind it.
“They sponsor violence and put it on the doorstep of the APC and unfortunately our security agencies do not follow up vigorously,” he said.
Ize-Iyamu also faulted the N6billion he said Governor Obaseki wasted in renovating the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin without any commensurate improvement in the sitting arrangement and the structure of the stadium.
This, he said, is contrary to the governor’s promise of building a mini stadium in each of the 18 local government areas in Edo state which the N6 billion can conveniently fund.
He said he will form a government that will be accountable to the people and deliver good governance in line with the manifesto of the APC and his own ‘Simple Agenda.’
“We are going to create a lot of jobs and our people have seen the genuineness in us and they believe us and we remain committed to get the best for our state,” he said.
He stressed the need to invest in infrastructure, build good hospitals and properly fund education and to attract businesses and investments to Edo state, adding that a situation whereby subventions for institutions created by previous government in the state are frustrated is wicked as is the case with the current administration. Government should be a continuum, he said.
He promised to attract businesses to Edo state by means of the Private, Public Partnership for inclusive development which he said is key to his campaign agenda.
He said he wants to replace Obaseki because he has not done well in the last four years as Edo state governor, considering the huge resources at his disposal and cited the deteriorating security in the state as a case in point. “We believe security is not cheap, and we must invest in it which Obaseki is not doing,” he said. He added that state governments should complement the efforts of the federal government on security matters.