As Godwin Obaseki was being sworn in on Saturday, as new governor of Edo State, members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State gathered at another part of Benin to underline their commitment to recover what they described as their stolen mandate by launching a group called the Mandate Recovery Group.
Chief convener, Barrister Daniel Osa-Ogbegie, in his speech during the launch, said the Edo Mandate group was not to serve as a rival group to the PDP, but another platform to galvanize Edo people to contributing their quota towards recovering the mandate given to PDP’s Edo State governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
He said, “we must give hope to our people, who daily toil for this mandate. We must make them see that our leader and torchbearer, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, is doing his utmost to fight for them and reclaim the mandate via every legal means.
“As part of recovering this mandate, it is pertinent to also monitor government that is being inaugurated today at the Ogbemudia Stadium; not to give them legitimacy but to hold them to account throughout the short period they will superintendent over the affairs of the state.”
He used the occasion to carry out a postmortem of the government of Adams Oshiomhole, describing the government as corrupt and lacking accountability
He said, “Edo people could not wait to see the end of the plundering of their resources that went on under Adams Oshiomhole in the last eight years. The man sourced N30 billion from the stock market for the Benin City Storm Water project, but after eight years he cannot tell Edo people how that money was spent.
Others who spoke at the occasion included Hon Tony Osazuwa, Rev Oku Martins, Abu Abdulganiyu and Thaddeus Irabor.
Comrade Tony Osazuwa, who said the group was fully behind the PDP and Pastor Ize-Iyamu in his resolve to reclaim the mandate Edo people gave him on September 28 through the election tribunal, pointed out that membership of the group were stakeholders drawn from the 192 wards across the state as well as over 300 support groups within and outside the state.
Also speaking Rev Olu Martins said Edo State has never had it this bad with a leader in the person of the former governor Adams Oshiomhole, whose eight-year tenure as governor he alleged amounted to failure.