Former Governor of Edo State Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has said his successor Governor Godwin Obaseki and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are campaigning with what he said about the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu in 2016 in the electioneering spirit because they have nothing to campaign with.
The former National Chairman of the APC disclosed this when thousands of youths under the aegis of the ‘Edo Youth Solidarity Movement’ trooped the residence of the Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu to pledge their full support ahead of the September polls.
According to Oshiomhole “They cannot display their achievements because they don’t have any. They have decided to focus on Oshiomhole although he is not in the ballot. Pastor Ize-Iyamu is a good man with genuine plans to move Edo State forward. He has the support of all and is on his way to repeating the 2012 feat of winning in all the 18 local governments as I did when he was my campaign director general.”
While receiving the youths, Pastor Ize-Iyamu in company of his running mate, Mallam Gani Audu, the Director General APC Campaign Council, Gen. Cecil Esekhaigbe and Vice Chairman, Media and Publicity Committee, APC National Campaign Council, Patrick Obahiagbon lamented the state of the economy and the declining level of jobs and economic opportunities for youths.
He slammed the incumbent governor for his focus on politics at the expense of governance and promised to implement the programmes outlined in his manifesto to stimulate the economy, create jobs and eradicate crime.
Ize-Iyamu said: “Instead of empowering our youths and exploring opportunities to positively engage them, the governor continues to denigrate and insult them as ‘agberos’. Many of you here are well-educated, qualified and competent to handle complex tasks and projects. Instead of patronizing you, the governor insults you and chooses to do his business elsewhere.
“My own government will be different. We have plans to create jobs for our youths. We will empower and patronise them. We don’t think you are good for election period only. If you elect me, you will have a friend in the Government House; a governor who is accessible, lives among you and is accountable to you.”
Earlier speaking, the youths Spokespersons for the youth, John Izegaegbe, Edo South and Godwin Aigbokhaode, Edo North, assured Ize-Iyamu and other APC members that in addition to the guaranteed votes of thousands of their members across the three senatorial districts, they have begun mobilization in the 18 local governments to ensure APC standard-bearer’s success at the polls on September 19.
Izegaegbe said they are assured that the SIMPLE agenda manifesto would create jobs and improve the economy.