Edo 2016: Ize-Iyamu, Oshiomhole in war of words

EDO State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has vowed to probe the government of Governor Adams Oshiomhole if elected into office, declaring that every kobo accrued to the state must be accounted for.

Ize-Iyamu, who said this in Uromi, Esan North East Local Government Area of the state when he took his gubernatorial campaign to the council, said it was high time the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Godwin Obaseki, started speaking for himself since he is the one contesting election and not Oshiomhole.

“The only person speaking in APC is Adams Oshiomhole. If the candidate he has brought is dumb, he should tell us so that we can arrange a sign language interpreter for him. We can also pray for him so that he will be able to speak.

“I call on Adams Oshiomhole to probe my time in government and look at everything that I did. Let him do it because by the grace of God, when I am governor, I will probe him. I will probe him; every kobo that has come to Edo State must be accounted for. That is his fear; that is why he can no longer sleep.

“Adams Oshiomhole believes that the more he attacks, the more he can hide the truth. He should know that it is not by insulting Ize-Iyamu or Chief Anenih. Only recently in a Catholic Church, he met Chief Anenih and he apologised to him on the altar to forgive him. Days after, he was abusing Chief Anenih.

Meanwhile, the Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole has called the bluff of the PDP governorship candidate, Ize-Iyamu.

Oshiomhole, while speaking at the APC campaign rally in Fugar, Edo State, described the threat as laughable, just as he stated that the former SSG would “go to jail” for alleged misappropriation of government fund before he (Oshiomhole) could be probed.

“He says Pastor Ize-Iyamu is bad; Ize-Iyamu is useless. When he appointed Pastor Ize-Iyamu DG of his campaign, he didn’t know that time. When he made him national vice chairman of his party, he didn’t know then. Now that Ize-Iyamu has left him, Ize-Iyamu is suddenly bad.”

He said it was regrettable Governor Oshiomhole’s has displayed hatred for the Esan nation and Uromi in particular, regretting that the governor refused to complete the Uromi Cassavita Factory he said had reached 94 per cent completion as at the time Oshiomhole took over as governor in 2008.

He added that the Oshiomhole administration was notorious for inflating contract sums, citing the example of projects at the newly established Edo University Iyamho (EUI) and the Benin Airport Road contracts as examples of highly inflated projects in the state.